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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Polanski, AP and An Epic Fail

ap-polanski“Ok, can you do some more probing? New York will want to know,” is an odd way to start a story about Roman Polanski’s arrest in Switzerland. The inverted pyramid it is not.

Turns out that the Associated Press – syndicater to the stars – inadvertently pushed out an internal memo rather than the news story.

You can read it here – in all its glory.

It features such gems as:

they particularly want to know why now. (has he never set foot in switzerland before?) sheila, theorizes that’s because they’re under intense pressure over ubs and want to throw the U.S. a bone, but can yo ucheck with justice department sources there?

I think Sheila might be on to something.

It’s a “there for the grace of god go I” moment for most journalists. And in some cases a “there went I” moment.

Back in the mid-1990s I worked on a weekly tech paper where we had place holders for various pieces of page furniture.

The place holder for the top-of-the-page strap read “Strappy Something”. The pulled quote holder read: “Pull quote to go here to liven up an otherwise deadly dull page”.

Sure enough, both went out unchanged one particularly fraught press night.

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