Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Web abuse by Associated Press

Check out the information police at the Associated Press. They so tightly control their precious content, they force publications to take down news reports from the AP after they've been publicly displayed on the web for 30 days.

Thus, if you link to that story, after 30 days, it will be replaced by this:

Our content licensing agreement with AAP stipulates that the material must be taken down 30 days from the date of publication. Therefore this particular story, having exceeded that time frame, has expired. We apologise for any inconvenience.

That's on the deleted post "Twitter storms SA [South Australia] political scene" on ZDNet.


What can the Ass Ociated Press possibly gain from such protectionist tactics? It's a self-generated, anti-user, anti-Web, negative publicity campaign. This wrecks research referencing, factual accuracy, and dissemination of relevant data regarding events of public and private concern.

This arrogant tactic by the Associate Press is belligerant opposition to the web revolution, the idea of making information available. Charge money to get your news feed, but don't put stupid limitations on the life of the displaying of the information.

AP sucks.


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