AP launches campaign against Internet “misappropriation”

6 04 2009

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.

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