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 –┬áthat is the most important thing– and ┬ásecondly 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.