[LINK] 'Linking' Associated Press

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Mon Apr 13 05:34:18 AEST 2009

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> Subject: [LINK] 'Linking' Associated Press
> The AP's Desperate Attempt To Outlaw Search Engine Links
> By Rich Ord - Fri, 04/10/2009 - 18:59
> http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/04/06/the-aps-desperate
> -attempt-to-
> outlaw-linking
> An Associated Press (AP) win could kill "fair use" and change the
> Internet as we know it.
> The AP is launching an all out assault on any use of its
> content that is 
> not licensed (purchased) for use by Internet publishers and search 
> engines..
I have a very simple answer for google or any other Search Engine so
charged with illegal "harvesting".

For years, the media and search engines have enjoyed a symbiotic
relationship that allows subscribers and potential subscribers to media
content to carry out in depth searches based on relevancy.

Google and other search engines have spent millions of dollars in
research improving the relevancy ratings and as a result have assisted
in building the user numbers of individuals, who might have visibility
of AP press releases which benefit each of the AP's individual customers
through advetsing click throughs and presumably paid subscriptions.

If the AP press requires their customers to restrict access to any AP
content, then each of those customers needs to implement no-robots.txt
which would prevent the search engines from trolling and indexing the
content in question.

However the subsequent loss of income to the AP's media cuestomers, may
in fact backfire on the volume of content that AP's current customers
choose to purchase from a content provider that does not permit fair use
to licensed content purchasers.

An interesting ambit attempt, no doubt driven by News Limiteds desire to
charge specifically for each and every access of all of their online

Isnt Copyright/copyrite becoming a quagmire?
All I can say is that this nothing compared to next regime under ACTA.


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