AP Threatens Affiliates For Embedding Its Own Videos

Posted by Sam Churchill on

TechCrunch says an A.P. Exec Doesn’t Know It Has A YouTube Channel and Threatens Affiliate For Embedding Videos.

Here is another great moment in A.P. history. In its quest to become the RIAA of the newspaper industry, the A.P.’s executives and lawyers are beginning to match their counterparts in the music industry for cluelessness.

A country radio station in Tennessee, WTNQ-FM, received a cease-and-desist letter from an A.P. vice president of affiliate relations — for embedding videos from the A.P.’s own Youtube channel.

Nashville’s Christian Grantham interviewed Frank Strovel, a LaFollette journalist and blogger, on AP’s cease and desist order served on WTNQ-FM of LaFollette.

According to Jeff Jarvis:

“If the AP really wanted to help support original journalism, it would build that marketplace – and it would stop rewriting, homogenizing, and anonymizing all its members’ news. Or when it does, it should provide credit and links to the sources, a moral necessity in the link economy; I urged the AP to adopt such a link ethic last year”.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 4:49 pm .

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