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.