AP Plans New Digital Rights Clearinghouse
October 20, 2010 at 4:52 AM (PT)
The ASSOCIATED PRESS is changing its approach to digital rights clearance, according to CEO TOM CURLEY, who told the SOUTHERN NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION that the wire service will now work with news organizations to create an independent agency to handle the matter. The new agency, with which the AP's Board of Directors directed the company to proceed last week, would supplant and "build on" AP's News Registry and would also offer privacy tools as well as a "variety of ways to license content from publishers" and information about consumption of news content.
"The clearinghouse will answer a need we heard from multiple businesses for an efficient mechanism to access content from a range of news providers for a variety of uses," CURLEY said. "This extends to the news industry an approach that has worked successfully in other industries with similar challenges around digital usage."
CURLEY said that almost 1,000 newspapers have signed on with the News Registry. He said that the AP will seek guidance from the Justice Department on the antitrust aspect of the new agency, as it did for the News Registry.