AP Plans to Sue Aggregators

“We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories.”
–AP Chairman Dean Singleton

I was preparing another blog post when I stumbled across this on Wired’s Epicenter blog. The Associated Press voted yesterday to target online news aggregators who they believe are violating their copyright. This could mean Google, Yahoo and any number of smaller news aggregation websites that may or may not be considered “legal” under the AP’s standard.

Being realistic, AP probably isn’t going to sue Google, they’re going to antagonize them a little to get what they really want, which is probably a cut of the profits and, as a NY Times article points out, control over how the aggregators work by “[making] sure that the top search engine results for news are ‘the original source or the most authoritative source,’ not a site that copied or paraphrased the work.”

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One response to “AP Plans to Sue Aggregators

  1. Pingback: The AP Has No Idea What They’re Doing « Practicum Pioneers

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