AP to spin out its News Registry

February 3, 2011

Tom Curley APThe Associated Press is planning to spin off its registry that tracks and licenses digital text as a stand-alone entity.

Launched last summer, the News Registry tags, tracks and measures the use of online content. The AP board of directors approved a plan today to create a new establishment called the News Licensing Group that will be supported by the news industry.

“We are a content company and we think the efforts would be best done elsewhere,” said AP Chief Executive Tom Curley (pictured).

“We need content creators to contribute their content – that is the most important thing– and  secondly we need folks to step up and be owners,” Curley said.

Currently about 1,000 AP members have signed up with News Registry for data tracking.

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