Connecting The Dots

21 06 2008

So, you think the AP flap over threatening a blogger, and trying to rewrite the Fair Use copyright law is over? Think again. This isn’t over, not by a longshot. Right from the beginning, the AP threats on against a blogger, and their desire to rewrite the particular part of copywrite law governing Fair Use, has been RIAA/MPAA-like (the AP’s statement on bloggers use is forthcoming) You know, suing P2P users for presumptively sharing files. So, here is an article on the recent opinion of the MPAA which says they should not have the burden of proof to prove someone intended to share a file.

Read the whole thing. She’s right.

As is Rex Hammock who even gives some practical advice.

This thing is going to get ugly. Very, very ugly. And I’m not feeling too optimistic about how this and other things are all connected. Terry Heaton has also been following the story.  He links to this one that hits it on the head.

The distinctions have become more academic: if 3 million people read Drudge and 65,000 read the New Republic, which is mainstream?

Silence is keeping up with a lot of this as well and Jack Lail has a ton of links over at his blog. They are two seasoned news people that get that this is a big deal.

And Sadcox says:

Excuse me while I plot a way to generate traffic for myself instead of someone else.

As bloggers, we get it. We want the eyeballs to come to our homes on the web and hang out with us. I heard Brittney Gilbert speak at last year’s Bar Camp in Nashville about the world that blogging gives us, no matter who we are. Blogging makes a big world smaller.

The Associated Press is being a bit disingenuous. This is about setting rules in a world that has very few rules and polices itself. If the AP sets guidelines then do they get a level of say so? Then what?

Seriously, then what?

Last year, Squirrel Queen and I went to the Conference for Media Reform in Memphis. Folks were talking about this then and it’s coming to fruition now.

My only suggestion is to pay attention to what’s going on in regards to blogging. In many ways it’s about control and money.

Bill Moyers quoted former Baltimore journalist and creator of The Wire, David Simon,  in his speech at this year’s conference this:

Bright and shiny we were in the late 1970s, packed into our bursting journalism schools, dog-eared paperbacks of All the President’s Men” and The Powers that Be” atop our Associated Press stylebooks. No business school called to us, no engineering lab, no information-age computer degree – we had seen a future of substance in bylines and column inches. Immortality lay in a five-part series with sidebars in The Tribune, The Sun, The Register, The Post, The Express…

Those days, although nostalgic, are over to an extent.

In this new world of media, there are new challenges.

And then there is this:

For years, both kinds of Web surfers have paid the same price for access. But now three of the country’s largest Internet service providers are threatening to clamp down on their most active subscribers by placing monthly limits on their online activity.

One of them, Time Warner Cable, began a trial of “Internet metering” in one Texas city early this month, asking customers to select a monthly plan and pay surcharges when they exceed their bandwidth limit. The idea is that people who use the network more heavily should pay more, the way they do for water, electricity, or, in many cases, cellphone minutes.

That same week, Comcast said that it would expand on a strategy it uses to manage Internet traffic: slowing down the connections of the heaviest users, so-called bandwidth hogs, at peak times.

AT&T also said Thursday that limits on heavy use were inevitable and that it was considering pricing based on data volume. “Based on current trends, total bandwidth in the AT&T network will increase by four times over the next three years,” the company said in a statement.

There are a lot of things going on not only in the news industry but the Internet as a whole.

For me at least, it’s all connected.

This online world does not need to be comprised of the haves and the have nots.

There has to be room for everyone.




6 responses

21 06 2008

Well said, my friend, well said.

21 06 2008

As usual, MS is ignoring me. I guess I totally offended him in some way at some time … perhaps by committing the sin of speaking my mind … but whatever. I left this over there. Thought maybe you would be interested in at least following up on this:

Robert Cox of the Media Bloggers Association:

AP first contacted Rogers in April not June. They sent Rogers a “cease and desist” letter on April 15th which cited a couple of entries on Drudge Retort as examples of their claim that Rogers was “encouraging” copyright infringement. One of those examples was the whole text of an article and the entire headline, the others were similar. Rogers failed to respond until May 14th due to a mix up with his mailing address at which point AP sent him a Take Down Notice for 14 other posts, 13 of which were whole text/exact headline posts to his site. Rogers disputed the 14th entry as fair use but took it down as required under DMCA. Rogers notified his contributor, the person who posted the content, but that person did not file a counter-claim and so the post remained removed.

Tempest in a teakettle it may be ….

21 06 2008

Hey LissaKay. Thanks for commenting. I went over and read the post. Thanks for leaving the link.
One thing that does bother me is that it seems like several things are happening and that’s just one of them.
It does concern me regarding information about fees and about how information/communication will be impacted by several of the issues going around know.
Once again, thanks for the link. I had been following over there some but hadn’t been today.
Need to read it again.

21 06 2008
jim voorhies

it’s a hard time for traditional media, since the net came along. nobody understood the possibilities of an open network where anyone could speak their mind. once people got past having to understand html to post on the internet, it was almost too late for conventional media.

the web is free. i can post projections of what I think could happen to the economyand people from amsterdam to hooterville to nyc can read it. we can take things we find anywhere on the net, rewrite them, quote them, link to them and spread knowledge and information.

for people like ap and reuters and the ny times, who are accustomed to being paid to be the source of information, seeing some upstart whacko with a computer “snatch” their stories and distribute them gratis must be traumatic. they’re like farriers when the car arrived. they just haven’t figured out how they much change, and they suck at doing it as fast as they need to change.

21 06 2008

Well said, Jim.

23 06 2008

If internet use is metered, it will dry up and blow away. It’s already costly (computers, software, internet connection) and adding cost to cost will effectively block library free access, add costs to schools and businesses. In trying to swat down bloggers they are hurting great swaths of people that rely on the internet daily which is stoopid and counterproductive. Traditional media needs to embrace instead of fight new technology.

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