AP Says It's 'Done' Talking About Fair Use And Its DRM

from the taking-our-ball-and-going-home dept

Considering that the entire point of the Associated Press is to explain the news to people, is there anything more damning than the fact that most people still have absolutely no idea what its DRM for news system is actually about. The company has given different interviews, indicating very different things. My read on it, from these different interviews, is that the AP is basically going to track stories and sue people they feel abuse some mythological standard that the AP feels should be a part of copyright law. But, that's not entirely clear.

Danny Sullivan has plenty of questions as well, but when he reached the AP, he was told that the organization is "done" talking about these issues. Yup. The organization that's supposed to make the news clear can't make its own news clear to just about anyone... and when confronted on it, says "we're done" and hangs up the phone. That's not the action of a company with a plan. That's the action taken by an organization in turmoil, grasping at straws, that had a weak plan that never made much sense in the first place, and doesn't know how to respond to being called on it.
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Filed Under: copyright, fair use, journalism, news, wire services
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  1. identicon
    inc, 29 Jul 2009 @ 5:03am

    Re: Microformats

    All this does is punish users that use the metadata as those using a fair use amount of the news will not have the metadata. I'm sure the AP will then claim since those not using this metadata is violating their copyright or EULA they agreed to by breathing. It's unnecessary.

    The AP should be focusing on attracting users to their site. Bringing in bloggers and giving them a small cut of advertisement revenue their blog pages bring in. Instead of shitting on the Internet they need to learn to leverage the two way communication. Encourage the users to have a spirit of giving credit where credit is due not one of we will sue if you use our content. The open source community is a great example of the original creator being given credit. Maybe give awesome news clips that link to the original article people can use.

    This being said if the AP was smart they would try to be like youtube in the sense of allowing the content to be embedded in exchange for the site owner allowing the AP to run ads.

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