Wednesday, October 21, 2009

AP develops ap to look for infringing uses of its stories

The Associated Press claims to be about ready to deploy an application that will prune the Web for illegal uses of its content. An Ars Technica article by Matthew Lasar (June 1, 2009) reports Lasar’s interview with the AP news editor Ted Birds, link here. Birds steadfastly claims that the AP’s main concern is wholesale copying of stories without commentary. But there is also a vague concept of “hot news” misappropriation. And many AP stories or stories on some television station channels warn against “redistribution” or “rewriting” (paraphrasing) of stories. But I always thought that news facts, once published once, were not themselves copyrightable.

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