Megan Taylor

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How AP’s News Registry Will (and Won’t) Work

After the Associated Press released a controversial statement about a “news registry” that would help the organization track use of its content, I did some research to find out exactly how it would work.

The Associated Press’s announcement of a news registry to “track and tag all AP content” to “assure compliance with terms of use” has stirred a lot of discussion. From techies to journalists, it’s unclear how the registry will work, whether it will do what AP claims, and how it will fit in with copyright law and the culture of the Web.

The news registry was announced as part of the AP’s initiative to “protect news content from misappropriation online.” Bloggers worried that AP was after them, spurred by AP CEO Tom Curley’s statement to The New York Times that the registry would be used to regulate even the use of a headline and a link to an article. Others at the AP, however, have said that the news organization has no problem with people quoting its content in the course of blogging.

Published: August 7, 2009

Publication: Poynter E-Media Tidbits, a Poynter Institute blog about the intersection of news & technology.

Skills: Writing, Reporting

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