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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Infect Education System, AP 'Steals' Stories

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Infect Education System, AP 'Steals' Stories
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:24:31 +0000
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Intellectual property at issue

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| The proposed policy would include lesson 
| plans, and states that any material written, 
| created or developed with district support 
| âshall be the sole property of the State 
| College Area School District and is to be 
| used only by students and staff of the 
| district, unless otherwise reviewed and 
| approved by the superintendent.â


Marvel owners seek to invalidate Kirby heirs' copyright claims

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| Jack Kirby was a renowned artist instrumental 
| in the creation and shaping of these 
| characters, his family argues, and is thus 
| entitled to profits like any other copyright-
| holder. Disney has maintained that Kirbyâs 
| work was considered for-hire and that his 
| heirs are thus not owed any further profits. 
| Like other heirs to 20th century comic book 
| artists, Kirbyâs progeny have become more 
| aggressive in seeking to recoup their share 
| of the profits. 


Copyright is a Complex Issue

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| And are things as bad as you think? In 2009 
| theatre sales were at their highest ever, 
| even in the United States, which was 
| suffering a depression. And Hollywood has 
| produced some damned good stuff. And 
| delivered in in upgraded, more comfortable 
| theatres, with better seating. So why the 
| complaints? Your sales are better than ever, 
| and you still whine? Really? Hell, I was 
| planning on going to see Alice in Wonderland 
| (Tim Burton is one of my fav directors), just 
| to get 2010 off to a good start for you 
| (because of the nerve damage, and the pain, I 
| donât normally go to theatres. Iâll put up 
| with it to see Alice.


AP Summarizes Other Journalists' Article; Isn't That What The AP Says Violates The Law?

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| But what I find even more amusing is that if 
| you look at the AP report, it's basically 
| just a quick blurb rewrite of the Albuquerque 
| Journal story. It's only 125 words, and just 
| summarizes what the other paper wrote. Why is 
| that amusing? Because that's exactly what the 
| Associated Press has been claiming bloggers 
| unfairly do to it -- insisting that others 
| simply rewriting its stories in short blurbs 
| are violating the "hot news" doctrine. 
| Apparently, that doesn't apply when the AP 
| does it itself? 


Whereâs AP In Google News? Apparently In Limbo, As Contract Running Out

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| Itâs been noticed that new Associated Press 
| stories â hosted by Google itself â are no 
| longer appearing in Google News. Itâs true. 
| Since Dec. 24, Google has no longer added new 
| AP content, something the company confirmed 
| with me today. I received this statement:
|     We have a licensing agreement with the 
|     Associated Press that permits us to host 
|     its content on Google properties such as 
|     Google News. Some of that content is 
|     still available today. At the moment 
|     weâre not adding new hosted content from 
|     the AP.



Associated Press will sell you a license to quote the public domain

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| They tell me I have to use the sentence "exactly as written" and heaven help
| me if I don't include the complete footer with their copyright boilerplate.


AP Charges $12.50 To Quote 5 Words

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| The AP is known for having some fairly unconventional tactics toward the use
| of their content online. Sure, a company should be concerned with how their
| content is being used online... but how far is too far?


AP Launches Open Source Ascribenation Project

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| Meanwhile, a small suggestion to the AP: Get your legal department's
| footprints off your home page (where the top item is "Protecting AP's
| Intellectual Property"). In fact, push them to the nether regions of the
| website. It's not friendly stuff.


By The AP's Own Logic, The AP Ripped Off Obama

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| I must admit that I tend to disagree with a significant percentage of
| Lichtman's conclusions on intellectual property, but unlike many copyright
| maximalists, I tend to believe he's much more intellectually honest on these
| issues. His positions don't seem to come from a "more is absolutely better
| because it makes me/my clients more money" position, but he honestly tends to
| believe that greater copyright leads to a greater net outcome, and tends to
| argue reasonably about it -- though, I believe some of that reasoning, and
| the assumptions that underpin it are faulty.
| [...]
| No, what's not fair is claiming that any of that is the AP's to own. None of
| it. Not a single part of it was. All of that -- the hope, the way he was
| looking, was simply there. What made him choose it was the look on Obama's
| face -- which is not Garcia's creative output, and thus cannot be covered by
| copyright. In fact, the most frustrating thing of all is that Cendali
| repeatedly claims that Fairey was ripping off Garcia (and the AP), but misses
| the obvious problem with that argument: which is that if her argument is
| correct, then the AP and Garcia also ripped off Obama, since it was his
| creativity in looking the way he did and making the facial expression he did.
| Once again, such externalities are apparently only acceptable when the AP
| benefits. But, Cendali seems to ignore that, and Lichtman lets her get off,
| noting that he basically agrees with her.


Is The BBC An AP Parasite?

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| Anyway, not long after that, I saw that the BBC appears to have a very
| similar article, and it's quite clear that all they did was rewrite the AP's
| article. At one point, they do credit the AP, but the article is almost a
| direct paraphrase of the AP's. So does the AP start calling the BBC a
| parasite, too? Or does it finally realize that no one owns the news, and lots
| of publications often rewrite the news and have for ages?


Industry study claims strong copyrights fuel economic engine

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| A report released by the International Intellectual Property Alliance shows
| that copyright-related industry has been booming in recent years. But a
| closer examination of the data shows that the numbers don't add up so easily.

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