The Associated Press is holding its annual meeting in Washington today and making some of its own news:
iCopyright: The AP is adding a significant layer of copyright protection and licensing for stories and photos through a deal with Seattle-based iCopyright. AP will display iCopyright links at the top and bottom of every AP-hosted story to make sharing and licensing easier (one user calls it "instant fulfillment" for reprints) and will encourage subscribers to add the iCopyright tags to AP stories on their own websites. Knoxnews.com already uses it. Publishers using iCopyright tags earn revenue from reuse licenses. Release. Another way to look at it: AP and its subs can make revenue from anyone who wants to be legit and can up the guilt factor for the rest. Some of the options seem to go a bit too farlicensing an excerpt based by the number of words, for instance. Fifty cents each for 5-25 wordsreallywith a sliding scale to 20 cents per word for 101-250. No educational pricing, no non-profit pricing. (No grip on reality?) Also from the fine print: You may use the Email, Print and Save links but you may not cut and paste.
More to come.
By Staci D. Kramer