Great Moments In AP Protectionism: Demands Takedown Of Videos It Purposely Shared With Affiliate

from the brilliant-work dept

A bunch of folks are submitting the latest and greatest in the Associated Press's attempt to become the RIAA of news. The AP, smartly, has a YouTube channel, where it puts up a bunch of AP videos, with the embed code enabled. An AP affiliate in Tennessee reasonably embedded some of those videos... and were promptly accused of "stealing" the AP's licensed content and ordered to take it down. There are so many things wrong with this situation it's difficult to know where to start:
  • It's the AP's own YouTube channel.
  • This radio station is an AP affiliate.
  • The AP turned on the embedding function
  • When told all of this, the AP exec demanding the takedown had no idea it had a YouTube channel.
This is clearly part the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing... but it's also a sign of how out of touch the AP remains. When it purposely offers up content for sharing, it did something smart. Demanding that anyone take down content that was specifically designed to be shared in this manner is just amazing.


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  1.  
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    Weird Harolds #2 Fan, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:36am

    Theft

    Sharing is stealing!!

    You wouldn't stab your grandmother; so why would you steal news?!

     

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    lulz, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:39am

    Some organizations are just very finicky about distribution. What does it matter if it's embedded? People are getting their content out there.
    Pfft, idiots.

     

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    GeneralEmergency (profile), Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:45am

    Obligitory AP bashing...

    AP now means "Asshat Posse".

    Lets hear yours.

     

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    Zaven, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:52am

    Ambiguous Possum

    They're not sure whether to play dead or sue the crap out of everyone in site.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:53am

    Re: Obligitory AP bashing...

    AP = Ascending Psychosis

    I know it's irrelevant to the article, but I like using big words (even if I don't know how to spell them).

     

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    Leigh (profile), Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:53am

    Re: Obligitory AP bashing...

    How about AP is in their Attorneys' Pockets

     

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    Weird Harold, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:54am

    Just because one part of the AP provides a service, doesn't mean another part doesn't have the right to enforce their copyright. Case in point, Coke Zero. The original Coke has an ongoing lawsuit against Coke Zero as shown in those commercials...I don't really see how anybody can think this is a bad idea. Capitalist Mike seems to have a love affair with competition and consumer choice and all that capitalist crap, so he should love this!

     

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    Zaven, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:56am

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    Coulda sworn the coke vs coke zero thing was a joke.

     

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    Geoffrey Kidd (profile), Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:57am

    Stupidity is more abundant than hydrogen.

    See article above for proof.

    LOL

     

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    sehlat (profile), Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:58am

    Re: Theft

    And corporate bullying is corporate bullying. If the AP beat up your grandmother, wouldn't you be just a tad annoyed?

     

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    Weird Harold, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 10:59am

    Funny, impersonating me is so hilarious. But I digress. I think its completely reasonable that executives of companies have as little to do with operations of their company as possible, like the AP. This way they can concentrate on spending money on elephant leather chairs , and learning how to use a blackberry.

    Its a matter of fact that executives are always right , and everyone else is,by subtraction, wrong.

     

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    GeneralEmergency (profile), Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:01am

    Well, this makes it pretty clear now...

    Weird Harold(TM)(C)(Patent Pending) must be AP's lead counsel.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:04am

    Re: Theft

    "You wouldn't stab your grandmother; so why would you steal news?!"


    "You wouldn't stab your grandmother?" is my new motto - I want it on a T-Shirt with the RIAA logo on the back hehe

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:06am

    Re: Obligitory AP bashing...

    how about AP = Alienating People?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:08am

    Re:

    "The original Coke has an ongoing lawsuit against Coke Zero"

    This is called advertising.

     

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    Shawn, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:10am

    Re:

    "Its a matter of fact that executives are always right , and everyone else is,by subtraction, wrong."

    I hate to agree with Harry Strange, but judging by where society puts it resources (in terms of the compensation the recieve in a dollars sense) we pretty much all seem to agree with him on this at least.

     

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    John Doe, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:12am

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    For once I agree with WH. The top execs are too busy stuffing bags full of money they can't be bothered to actually manage a company. Much like our politicians.

     

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    Michael Ennis, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:17am

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    Close, but the big difference here is that Coke's lawsuit against Coke Zero is a marketing ploy to convince us, the teeming masses, that the flavor is the same (they are suing for 'taste infringement') unlike AP whom I believe would actually pursue a real lawsuit if the videos remained up on the site in question.

    Links to Coke's faux lawsuit videos found here:

    http://www.cpbgroup.com/awards/cokevscokezero.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:22am

    Re: Obligitory AP bashing...

    Assmunching Prostitutes.

     

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    Shawn, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:27am

    Re: Re: Obligitory AP bashing...

    AP = Anti-Freedom Plutocrats


    - wow im bored - could do this all afternoon LOL

     

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    B, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:44am

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    I love how if anyone but WH had made that post everyone would have easily picked up on the sarcasm and moved on with their day.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 11:57am

    Re: Re:

    I love how if anyone but WH had made that post everyone would have easily picked up on the sarcasm and moved on with their day.

    If it were anyone else, you would assume that the person wasn't so obtuse as to really believe that Coke was suing itself.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 12:13pm

    Re:

    Which one is the real Weird Harold! We better shoot both of them to make sure!

     

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    Trails, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 12:53pm

    Re: Re:

    You owe me a new keyboard, jackass.

     

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    SpinLock, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 1:14pm

    AP - You can't spell CHEAP without AP!

    The AP is incorporated as a Not For Profit company under U.S. law. Their current trajectory will likely ensure they live up to their incorporation status.

     

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    RR23, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 1:41pm

    re:

    I love the AP more and more every day!

     

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    Jeff, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 1:51pm

    Dinosaurus AP

    This is a clear cut case of an old conglomerate trying to do the Web 2.0 thing, but then greed overtakes common sense. Both Google News and Youtube should cut them off dry. Who needs the AP anyways.

     

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    Gabriel, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 3:31pm

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/08/ap-exec-doesnt-know-it-has-a-youtube-channel-threatens-affiliat e-for-embedding-videos/#comment-2690486

    Not only was this AP exec unaware of the fact that the AP has a YouTube channel, but their channel is evidently among the top viewed in the reporters category, and has thousands of videos posted.

    You'd think with a presence that significant on YouTube, the AP's executives would, you know, be aware of it...

     

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    Easily Amused, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 5:07pm

    Re:

    I am stealing that for a band name....

    The t-shirts will be EPIC

     

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    dredeyedick, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 9:50pm

    Re: Re: Obligitory AP bashing...

    Apoplectic Pratts!

    Aggravating Putzes!

    Arrogant Printers performing Asynchronous Perambulations!

    Yes, they hyperventilated when Rupert said "That's got to stop." Then they pestered an affiliate (Affiliate Pesterers!) thereby revealing how fitfully they do a drunkard's walk towards a new business model - that failed 10 years ago.

    Always Privileged!

    (i've been looking at this story in too many places for too long... forgive me ;) )

    -dcm

     

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    Dan, Apr 10th, 2009 @ 12:35am

    AP

    The new SCO. Everyone needs a goal.

     

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    Azrael, Apr 10th, 2009 @ 12:52am

    Re: Obligitory AP bashing...

    Anal Parasites - i think it pretty much sums them up.

     

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    VRP, Apr 11th, 2009 @ 1:12pm

    Degree decorated morons

    Any wonder the world is laughing at those dumb americans?

    VRP

     

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