AP's 1300 member group given antitrust pass by White House arm and remains tax exempt in a shocking development
- such as 1,300 or so newspapers being given the chance to participate in the same licensing and distribution system.
- may provide procompetitive benefits to participating content owners and users.”
About 200 AP members are participating in the news registry beta that started last November; current plans call for a full rollout in July. ...AP has promised:
—to own all equity in the registry. A change in that could prompt further DOJ review. —that participation is voluntary and inclusive. —that access will not be exclusive and would not require a minimum commitment. —publishers would not be limited to that registry alone and can choose which content to include. —firewalls to keep non-public information from being shared between content owners. —each participating content owner will set “unilaterally” its own licensing terms. —that no content owner, including AP, will set or suggest licensing terms for any other.
This may assuage some concerns that the registry is an attempt to set prices or create a monolithic paywall."
from PaidContent.org by Staci D. Kramer, "AP News registry gets antitrust pass from DOJ" via Poynter.org/RomeneskoTweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon