Over the weekend, a blog post on Mashable.com opened up a fresh wound for the Associated Press, forcing the news collective to put out a statement denying claims it was planning to charge as much as $2.50 a word for bloggers to quote its content.
According to AP spokesman Paul Colford, these worries are more than a year old, stemming from the company’s partnership with iCopyright, which dates back to April 2008, not this April, as the Mashable blog reported.
“AP partners with iCopyright to automate fulfillment of routine requests for rights to republish AP material, either from AP-hosted sites or member and customer sites carrying AP content,” the AP said in a statement. “The licensing options vary greatly, from an array of uses — such as e-mail, print and save — through paid options up to and including large-scale corporate reprints of excerpts, full articles or photos.”
The latest claims that the AP plans to charge for use of its content seem to have sprung up in light of the news collective’s announcement late last month that it is launching a registry to tag and track its content so that it won’t be plagiarized or misused. We’re eager to see how this registry will be implemented and who will be affected, but Colford assured us that it has nothing to do with the iCopyright deal.
“As the AP stated more than a year ago, the form is not aimed at bloggers,” the company said of the iCopyright deal. “It is intended to make it easy for people who want to license AP content to do so.”