Associated Press vs. Internet Aggregators — And Then The World!
Guess who's got their back up against the wall and their copyright-clad knickers in a twist again?
You guessed it, the Associated Press, that bastion of the newsiest news the news biz has ever produced is about to wage war against...well...anyone who dares steal their sacred words and perfected online content.
After threatening to charge anyone daring to quote 5 words from an A.P.-produced article back in 2008, before buckling under the blogosphere's pressure, laughter, and overwhelming ridicule, this year the A.P. boys are back at it again.
(Blogging a dead horse, perhaps, guys?)
And this time, of course, it's personal.
The Associated Press is going after aggregators big and small — everyone from behemoth search sites like Google and Yahoo to lesser (but more influential) online link & scrapers like the Huff Po and The Druge Report — no one will be allowed to escape unscathed.
No, this time the A.P., led by its formidable chairman William Dean Singleton, have gotten mad as hell and they are definitely, defiantly, not going to take it anymore.
Singleton had the cojones to stand up Monday, at the A.P. board's annual meeting, in San Diego, and boldly declare: “We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories.”
From issuing take down notices to pursuing legal action against offenders, under the proposed new plan the Associated Press would target anyone who dares to build web traffic on the back of content produced by the A.P. and its cohort.
And what will the A.P. do to counter this search engine and blog-driven tsunami of unfair use? Why, build their own "search-engine-friendly" content aggregation system of course.
Good luck with that guys.