Amidst whingeing by the Associated Press over bloggers using its stories, Europe's highest court has whittled the line of potential copyright infringement down to just 11 words.
The bar was set by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a legal
dispute between the Danish media monitoring firm Infopaq and the country's newspaper industry body, Danske Dagblades Forening (DDF).
Infopaq would scan various newspapers using image-to-text software then process the files to identify certain
keywords its clients wanted tracked. If such a keyword was found in the story, that word along with five words on either side were captured.
The company would then send its clients a report containing the captured snippets and information on
where they were obtained.
Infopaq disputed a claim that the process requires consent from rightholders, but to no avail in the European Court.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press has been pushing the boundaries of fair use to go after
websites that lift as few as 33 words. It would appear the AP now has some precedent to attack so long as it can convince national courts its stories qualify for protection.
AP Propose DRM system for its syndicated
Based on article from rightpundits.com
The AP has come up with
a new copyright protection system that will try to limit the evil bloggers and pirates from 'stealing' their content. It appears that the AP wants to become the RIAA of Internet news by policing who is using their materials and stealing their precious
The AP wants to use a DRM (Digital Right Management) tool to stop bloggers and Google News from copy and pasting and linking to their articles, ensuring that no one will ever read them. The system works by trying to put all their content
into a digital container to stop Google and others from accessing their precious content.
The bigger point here seems to be, like the rest of the legacy media, the AP is attempting to perpetuate a system that is dying. They are desperately
clinging to a business model that simply makes little sense any longer. If the AP were really smart they would implement a completely different kind of monetizing system. Instead of charging bloggers $3.50 per word, charge fees related to the readership
of the blog. Think of the thousands of blogs that would also fork over such minimal amounts and how much the AP could make off micro-payments. This is a business model that would actually succeed. Instead, the AP will continue to cling to their old
system of protecting their content.