Tuesday, April 19

AP: Pay to Replay

The Associated Press will begin charging newspapers and broadcasters to post its stories, photos and other content online, a pricing shift that reflects the growing power of the Internet to lure audiences and advertisers from more established media. Tom Curley, AP president and CEO, announced the change Monday at the annual meeting of the 156-year-old news cooperative. Most of the 15,000 news outlets that buy AP's news, sports, business and entertainment coverage have been allowed to "re-purpose" the same material online at no extra cost since 1995. At that time, graphical Web browsers were just beginning to transform the Internet from an esoteric computer network to a mass medium.

Perhaps that means they will be paying freelancers royalties for this kind of "repurposing" of their work now, per Tasini v. New York Times?

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