Bloggers Should Pay the AP for Linking To Stuff!

Go on, sue Google for appropriating and profiting from your content, Associated Press. I look forward tostuff like this being read aloud in court:

* Speaking of yesterday’s kerfuffle, my intern Dan Weberbroke the story
yesterday that Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady was
contradicting himself on his previous support for a ten percent across
the board state budget cut. Brady claimed during a media availability
last week that he never supported an across the board cut and Dan
pounced while other reporters let it go. He pressed Brady to admit that
he had, in fact, supported an across the board budget cut. Brady
challenged Dan to“find it on tape” andDan did.
He also found other quotes of Brady in news articles claiming that the
GOP candidate did, indeed, support an across the board cut.

Well, Carol Marin led off her segment last night with Dan’s story, which she unfortunatelyattributed to me

At least she got the news source right. TheAP then picked it up without any attribution at all…

Bill Brady is taking issue with a politician’s comments
on how to solve the state’s budget crisis. Problem is, that politician
is himself.

Brady, the Republican candidate for Illinois governor, bristled last
week when a reporter asked about his proposal for a 10 percent,
across-the-board cut in state spending.

“I’ve never said ‘across the board.’ I’ve never said ‘across the
board.’ You find it on tape,” the Bloomington state senator said.

In fact, Brady has called for “across the board” cuts on multiple occasions.

The AP is the media giant most upset with little ol’ bloggers
rewriting their stories without attribution, yet here they do exactly
the same thing as those hated Huffington Post aggregators, but don’t
even provide a link. That’s outright theft in my book.

It’s how they roll. It’s how most of them roll, really, and again, the current problem for me isn’t so much that they do this. That isn’t new. My level of outrage about it hasn’t changed. It’s that they do this and pretend they’re too holy to even notice lowly little bloggers, except when those bloggers become an economic threat to them or have the temerity to be better at their jobs than they are.

See also Tribune, Chicago, which also features in the train wreck above.

The big boys really need to grow up and stop pretending that
alternative media doesn’t exist and, therefore, is not deserving of any
credit. I’ve dealt with this for 20 years, and now Dan is getting a
little taste of it. I don’t think he’s enjoying it. Enough, already.




5 thoughts on “Bloggers Should Pay the AP for Linking To Stuff!

  1. Oh, this is so typical. It’s the grabby-hold-on-to-whats-mine-stick-my-head-in-the-sand pursuit of the status quo. We see this all the time. AP can try it but bless their hearts, they will ultimately fail. Because what the record industry did not understand and what the AP does not understand is that the world has changed. Completely. And the way we all have been operating is over.
    It sucks for us “content providers” and it sucks for big corporate operations because none of us like giving it away for free, but let’s remember we are living in a climate where Forbes and other media giants think offering you a chance to blog for free is a sweet deal. Meanwhile, the New York Timesexpects to charge for online content when they won’t pay for it themselves. AndTime Magazine wants to charge freelancers to be paid in a timely manner.
    I mean, is this a sign of desperation or what?!
    We have to reinvent ourselves, not try to hold onto some past where technology knew its proper place. Technology is now king. Someone very smart told me recently that “as many walls as they try to put up, people will build ladders.”
    We are all in the ladder business now.

  2. Not only for first reporting the news, but is MSM gonna have to pay the bloggers for doing their fact checking for them?
    Seems like most fact checking / pointing out inconsistencies in data now-a-days is from those bloggers.

  3. Rich Miller is, was, and will always be THE MAN in Illinois political reporting. Period.
    But the theft of content stopped surprising me 20 years ago when I’d heard verbatim versions of stories apparently read right off the page of our weekly on the radio. And the amazing, continually recurring coincidences of seeing stories from our Thursday paper popping up on the Friday FRONT PAGE of the local daily (they really had absolutely neither shame nor ethics) likewise stopped astonishing me decades ago. Creeps and jerks, the lot of them.

  4. RAM, about your noticing verbatim accounts.
    Benjamin Franklin would read a story from the British papers and then intentionally not write about it for a time period in which he could forget the wording and details.
    That way he could write an “original” article in his paper.

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