AP lit a fire the other day by sending take down notices to some bloggers. They said quoting AP at all (essentially) constitutes copyright infringement which could bring a lawsuit if the quotes were not removed immediately. Jeff Jarvis at Buzzmachine rightly ripped them a new one, prompting some explanatory crap from Jim Kennedy, head of strategy for AP. He said they were working things out with the blogs in question and all anybody wanted was fairness in the fair use (some would assume that to mean cite AP in link with the quote). Apparently not so.
In a New York Times story on Monday, Kennedy says: “Cutting and pasting a lot of content into a blog is not what we want to see,” he said. “It is more consistent with the spirit of the Internet to link to content so people can read the whole thing in context.”
He added that AP is standing behind the take-down notices sent last week.
This sounds more and more like the hare-brained and eventually unproductive business strategies pursued by the MPAA and RIAA. Rather than trying to reinvent their business to allow and possibly profit from new technology, they use the courts to try and control content and fight the future.
As I said before: AP has talked fairness for years and never done it when asked to by their customers and clients. Now they are trying to force ridiculous guidelines, that serve only the AP (but not well), onto the internet. Many of their traditional customers/suppliers already hate them. Now they have that same goal in mnd with a new audience. Now that’s a long-term business strategy.
Drop me a line if it works out.