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Some Suggestions For The AP, Care Of The Music Industry

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Here we go again. Another major content creator is threatening to sue internet companies after years of having them nip at its heels by repurposing or stealing sizeable chunks of its proprietary content. In considering the challenges that the Associated Press faces in its new quest to go after sites that use its content without consent, it

6 Responses to “Some Suggestions For The AP, Care Of The Music Industry”



    All hail, our music industry speaks about the scourge, the scourrrge of pirates. "Without compensation the creators livelihood is unsustainable." What the gentlemen I think means is that because lots of us are doing things that are easier (getting music from our computers) and not spending money (e.g. sharing the music). Musicians are literally dying of champagne dehydration unable to scale cocaine ski slopes, in blood diamond ski suits to laud over us and lose their musical inspiration in vain veins of self-absorption, v.i.piss holes of Lady Thatch, and concurrent clinical holidays on manors in tax havens while we sit at home, skint. Oh the humanity. What will happen? It’s like the music industry has tried to fear monger whilst appearing a poor and blistered cultural social asset, orphaned from cutting edge consumption yet still being a billion pound, sue happy, die-cast empire. It wants to be everything, ever.

  2. Does anyone have any idea how much it costs to gather and produce news on a global basis? You're talking multimedia delivery of numerous categories, news, business, sports, entertainment. With new and alternative media sources emerging, there is a continued need for quality content.

    AP and other content providers have every right to be protective of their content. As a medai outlet, newspaper, TV, radio, Internet, mobile platforms, your only ability to grow revenue is based on compelling and trustworthy content.

    I see no reason that anyone should expect to take content, news, music or otherwise for free, Somebody went through a considerable amount of work and expense to produce it.

  3. nathan

    They allow publishers to sign up for the service without saying who they are– how is that for transparency & hiding. It is time for these publishers to take responsibility for the state of their operations by engaging in innovation, cost cutting in dying mediums and more…

  4. CulturalWorker

    As someone who has worked with musicians for over 20 years, I'm at a loss to understand the current anti-copyright sentiment among so many.

    If someone walked into your place of business and stole the products you'd spent hours, days, and years creating, they wouldn't just get sued, they'd get arrested. Yet somehow, when people spend months making a record, or weeks researching a news story, they're seen as losers for "having the gall" to go after people who use it without their permission and without compensation.

    If the businesses that get sued go out of business, it's no loss to AP or anyone else. A business that can't stay in business while paying its service providers has been insolvent all along.

  5. I've dealt with the AP and they still see themselves as a much bigger fish than they are. They still think they can operate as the centralized clearing house they were in the good old days. That's all they know and the only thing that will allow them to keep all those executives employed a few more years before they realize it's been a waste of time and legal fees. There's lots of last desperate cries going on in the newspaper business, and this looks like one of them.