Murdoch And AP: ‘It’s Payback Time’

Not sure if I’m an aggregator, kleptomaniac or plagiarist but here goes. What follows are several very interesting quotes lifted from an Associated Press wire story hosted on Google.

First up: Tom Curley, AP’s chief exec:

We content creators have been too slow to react to the free exploitation of news by third parties without input or permission.

We will no longer tolerate the disconnect between people who devote themselves — at great human and economic cost — to gathering news of public interest and those who profit from it without supporting it.

And now the words of News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch:

The aggregators and plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content. But if we do not take advantage of the current movement toward paid content, it will be the content creators — the people in this hall — who will pay the ultimate price and the content kleptomaniacs who triumph.

I’ll let the rest of the blogosphere froth. I need to call my lawyer.

UPDATE: Danny Sullivan over at Search Engine Land provides a pretty thorough dissection of both Curley and Murdoch’s speeches.

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