AP Document Hints at Plan to Direct Some Members to Web Links

By: Joe Strupp The Associated Press reportedly plans to prevent members and clients from publishing some AP content on their Web sites -- instead directing them to a central AP site for the information, according to a Nieman Lab Web report.

Nieman's Zachary Stewart writes that he has obtained a copy of a document sent to AP members last month that lays out a seven-page briefing on the news outlet's plans to track content, a move announced earlier this year.

Stewart cites only some portions of the document, including one that indicates what he describes as "plans to create topic pages around news stories to rival Wikipedia and major aggregation sites." He also offers comments from an interview with AP General Counsel Srinandan Kasi on the news consortium's view of re-use of its material.

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AP spokesman Paul Colford declined to comment, noting Kasi had offered AP's comments on the document to Stewart.

"While we have refrained from comment for now, focusing on our plans after doing a long list of interviews late last month, we were happy to answer clarifying questions from Nieman yesterday based on the document designed for members that they had," Colford said in an e-mail to E&P.


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