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The following is a guest column by Chris Ahearn, President, Media at Thomson Reuters.
The Associated Press is becoming the enemy of the internet because it is fighting the link and the link is the basis of the internet. From Richard Perez-Pena’s New York Times story today : Tom Curley, The A.P.’s president and chief executive, said the company’s position was that even minimal use of a news article online required a licensing agreement with the news organization that produced it. In an interview, he specifically cited references that include a headline and a link to an article, a standard practice of search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo, news aggregators and blogs.
Summary: this would be a new four-part test to add to the already existing four-part “fair use” test.
A few weeks ago, I scored what passes these days for one of journalism's biggest coups, satisfying a holy writ for newspaper impact in the Internet age. Gawker, the snarky New York culture and media Web site, had just blogged about my story in that day's Washington Post.
The fakest job corporate America ever created was " Branding Consultant "—until now.
High atop the august Tower Club in Fairfax County, overlooking the glass-and-steel edge city of Tysons Corner, business coach Anne Loehr is teaching 20 executives, mainly baby boomers, how to crack one of society's most vexing workplace problems -- how to deal with their youngest employees or clients.
Earlier today we wrote about the AP's plans to DRM the news , explaining what a backwards plan it was. The story is getting lots of play elsewhere, with many pointing to a NY Times report, where the AP's CEO Tom Curley makes some amazing statements : "If someone can build multibillion-dollar businesses out of keywords, we can build multihundred-million businesses out of headlines, and we're going to do that," Mr.
“A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web.” That’s the headline on a New York Times article right now.
We'd better hope it's not "hot news" that the Associated Press announced "an aggressive effort to track down copyright violators on the Internet" at its annual board meeting Monday. If it is, we could conceivably find ourselves on the wrong end of an "aggressive effort" geared to fend off copycat competition and "misappropriation" in the dwindling market for timely reporting. One could be forgiven for thinking it's not news at all, given AP's already fierce defense of its content, ranging from much-mocked threats to sue bloggers over brief quotations to tussles with news aggregators to the heavily publicized court battle with artist Shepard Fairey over an iconic image of Barack Obama. But exact words matter. In his prepared remarks , AP Chairman Dean Singleton invoked that ur-angry newsman Howard Beale, claiming the agency would "no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories. We are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it any more."
Arnon Mishkin says he has found the fallacy of the link economy but I think his argument is itself built on some fallacies, among them: * If links are not valuable, then fine, get rid of them: refuse all aggregators’ and search engines’ robots, complain so much about links that no one bothers to link to you (a la the AP). Or put all your stuff behind a pay wall where the links won’t pay off. Where are you then? Without discovery.
At a Berkman center session last week about supporting investigative and international reporting — “difficult journalism,” in convener Ethan Zuckerman’s wording — I talked about the link economy v. content economy and at lunch, one of the participants asked what the link economy requires of us. Try this list on for size: 1. All content must be transparent: open on the web with permanent links so it can receive links.
In recent months, news aggregators like the Huffington Post have received heated criticism from some who believe they’re stealing valuable traffic and ad revenue from newspapers. Appeals court Judge Richard Posner recently wrote a widely-linked post arguing that copyright law should be changed in order to bar linking to websites and paraphrasing their content.
How do you read the newspaper?
Vivian Schiller, now CEO of National Public Radio in the US, said in an interview with Newsweek last week that talk of charging for news online is "mass delusion". She should know.