Associated Press Tries to Soothe Angry Bloggers

June 19, 2008 05:27 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The venerated news institution is to meet today with a bloggers’ group following severe online criticism over a legal dispute about use of its content.

30-Second Summary

Jim Kennedy, the AP’s director of strategic planning, was to meet today with Robert Cox, president of the Media Bloggers Association, in an effort to create guidelines for bloggers who use AP content online.

Last week, the AP came under a firestorm of criticism from the blogosphere—including prominent members such as Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine and Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos—after it took legal action against the Drudge Retort, a parody of the popular Drudge Report.

The AP sent six Digital Millenium Copyright Act takedown requests asking the blog’s author, Rogers Cadenhead, to remove some of its postings containing AP content. Cadenhead took down the offending posts and AP does not plan any further legal action.

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch
has declared a ban on AP content, and criticized the organization for suggesting that bloggers should follow content use guidelines that are stricter than the law.

“It’s clear that, like the RIAA and MPAA, they are trying to claw their way to a set of property rights that don’t exist today and that they are not legally entitled to. And like the RIAA and MPAA, this is done to protect a dying business model—paid content.”

Others, such as John C. Abell at Wired magazine, point out that the dispute highlights a larger issue: the decline of revenues for traditional journalism outlets such as the AP.

“We are already seeing cutbacks and consolidations which threaten independent reporting—and deprive bloggers of the content they need.”

Headline Link: ‘AP To Meet With Blogging Group to Form Guidelines’

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