Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Newspaper owners and AP..2nd stage of grief cycle.

Media: Technically called the Kubler-Ross Model. Owners and AP seem to be on the second stage because they are lashing out at everyone except themselves for seeing their business model fall apart.

US newspaper owners, their advertising revenue evaporating, their circulation declining and their readership going online to get news for free, are fighting mad.
The enemy? Websites that use their stories without paying for them.

"We are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it any more," said the chairman of the Associated Press, a cooperative of over 1,400 US newspapers, borrowing a line from the anchorman character in the 1976 movie "Network."

Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that Web sites that used the work of news organizations must obtain permission and share revenue with them, and that it would take legal action against those that did not.

A.P. executives said they were concerned about a variety of news forums around the Web, including major search engines like Google and Yahoo and aggregators like the Drudge Report that link to news articles, smaller sites that sometimes reproduce articles whole, and companies that sell packaged news feeds.

They said they did not want to stop the appearance of articles around the Web, but to exercise some control over the practice and to profit from it.

The group’s new stance applies to thousands of news organizations whose work is distributed by The A.P., as well as its own material, but the debate about unauthorized use has focused on newspapers, which are in serious financial trouble, and which own The A.P. The policies were adopted by the A.P. board, composed mostly of newspaper industry executives.

If it wasn't for Google new or Drudge, most of the newspaper sites would be out of business as well. They serve as maps to various stories that ultimately benefit the media sites that gets linked too. Going after them or blogs or sites that are taking snippets under fair use is lessening your exposure to a world wide audience. Besides the fact how useless at this point it would be trying to going after how many sites that offend you. Check out the music and movie industry on how their crackdown has worked so far on the web.

Figure out a new business model or face going out of business. Journalism will always be there to read by people, newspapers are just the one long time outlet in danger of dissappearing. Trying to make people believe that the former can't do without the latter is a lie and most people know it.

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