Comments on: The AP’s be-evil policy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/14/the-aps-be-evil-policy/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Dollared http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/14/the-aps-be-evil-policy/comment-page-1/#comment-5527 Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:57:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/14/the-aps-be-evil-policy/#comment-5527 To be a bit fairer to AP here, they are also just following a standard yield management principle for intellectual property enforcement: go where somebody is making some dough, so you can get a share.

An example from another business is Microsoft Office. Worldwide, millions of people pirate it, including a majority of consumers in the US. But Microsoft focuses enforcement on businesses, where the money is easy to collect, and on large scale pirates, where the impact is great. The rest of us, not so much.

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By: Zach Seward http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/14/the-aps-be-evil-policy/comment-page-1/#comment-5518 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 19:25:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/14/the-aps-be-evil-policy/#comment-5518 Hah, well, I’m not trying to backpedal so much as, hmm, find the spoke in AP’s wheel? I don’t know. Some other biking metaphor.

I think part of the disconnect — and you’re absolutely right; there is one — can be explained by a legitimate crisis the AP is facing: member defections. The Columbus Dispatch, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, the New York Daily News, and the entire Tribune Company have all given the required two-year notice of their plans to leave. Could just be a negotiating tactic on the part of those newspapers, but the AP has to find a way to keep them. So they’ve slashed rates a few times. And now, maybe, they’re essentially saying: As a perk of membership, we’re going to build this whole monitoring system and take a really hard line on copyright. Playing to the base, in other words. That was certainly the audience of that memo.

So anyway, I don’t mean to suggest we should only listen to what Kasi said and not also consider the memo and statements by Tom Curley and Dean Singleton. They’re all over the place. (And then there was that YouTube fiasco in April.) I’m just trying to throw some light on this.

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