Jeff Jarvis to the AP: "FU"
I talked to a reporter this week about the embattled Associated Press and said three times that I didn’t want it to die. I might take that back.
Jim Kennedy of the AP responded with this:
Jeff, in response to your post, allow me — on behalf of AP — to fill in some facts and also reassure you and others in the blogosphere about our view of these situations. First off, yes, we are trying to protect our intellectual property online, as most news and content creators are around the world. But our interests in that regard extend only to instances that go beyond brief references and direct links to our coverage.
As you well know, we encourage the engagement of bloggers, large and small, in the news conversation of the day. Some of the largest blogs are licensed to display AP stories in full on a regular basis. We genuinely value and encourage referring links to our coverage and even offer RSS feeds from http://www.ap.org, as do many of our licensed customers.
We get concerned when we feel the use is more reproduction than reference, or when others are encouraged to cut and paste. That’s not good for original content creators; nor is it consistent with the link-based culture of the Internet that you and others have cultivated so well.
In this particular case, we have had direct and helpful communication with the site in question, focusing only on these issues.
So, let’s be clear: Bloggers are an indispensable part of the new ecosystem, as you and I have discussed many times, but your call for widespread reproduction of wholesale stories is out of synch with that environment. There are many ways to inspire conversation about the news without misappropriating the content of original creators, whether they are the AP or fellow bloggers.
The spat has drawn in many prominent figures including Matt Ingram, the Managing Editor of The Industry Standard and others. This could get interesting.
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