Posts Tagged ‘AP’

An IP Question For The Associated Press

October 14, 2009

Today I read an Associated Press article on Crain’s New York Business site about the Wall Street Journal overtaking USA Today as the top circulated newspaper in America.

I thought the article was interesting and decided to Tweet it for others to see.

Only after I Tweeted the article’s link – did I notice the following Associated Press claim:

©Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Does my Tweeting their article violate the terms of their copyright claim?

Does Tweeting or Retweeting an Associated Press article constitute “broadcast” or “redistributed” material?

Does adding a url shortening link to an article’s original page address qualify as being “rewritten”?

If so, shouldn’t the Associated Press modify their copyright claim to include Tweet or ReTweet like my example below?

©Copyright 2009 Tim Cohn. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, redistributed, tweeted or retweeted.

Or are Tweet related copyright claims unnecessary?

I am not an IP attorney, however if you are an IP Attorney – feel free to tackle this question.

Purchasing Associated Press Articles via iCopyright

August 2, 2009

The Associated Press has begun selling their content via a site called iCopyright.

AP Copy and Paste Excerpt

AP Copy and Paste Excerpt

Understandably, the Associated Press membership is trying to find new ways to monetize content generated from their printing press era cost structures in the digital age.

AP Pricing

AP Pricing

I am not sure how the AP arrived at their article pricing structure though.

Websites can use up to four words for free. Using 5 up to 25 words will cost users $12.50.

Websites using Associated Press articles with over 251 words will cost $100.00

AP Referring Web Site

AP Referring Web Site

If I were to guess how well the AP’s new article licensing service and its pricing structure will sell , I would guess not very well.

At least not very well to anyone other than those companies or people who were themselves the subject of an Associated Press article.

AP Article Purchase

AP Article Purchase

Why?

Two reasons:

1. General circulation news is perishable and has little value to the internet audience beyond the time in which it was generated.

2. Advertisers accustomed to targeting and measuring buyer activity on the internet will find news related content converts less frequently into buyers and thus makes advertiser justification for supporting internet based news nil.