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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    Hephaestus (profile), 29 Jul 2009 @ 7:50am

    Re: RIP AP

    From Wikipedia

    "The Associated Press (AP) is an American news agency. The AP is a cooperative owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and television stations in the United States, which both contribute stories to the AP and use material written by its staff journalists. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributive members of the cooperative."

    Wikipedia article

    Seems like they could be done away with with one or two servers shoved on a rack somewhere. All you would need to do is contact all their clients/members and say .... "here a free service just pay for bandwidth, server maintenance, and drive space"

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