Thanks to Ars Technica for probing AP news editor Ted Bridis on what the cooperative plans to do to stop theft of its copyrights. Technology soon to be deployed will search for entire stories that thieves have lifted and presented without a license.Sorry Terry, I don't buy.
[...] “What I’m talking about, and what has really riled up our internal copyright folks, are the bloggers who take, just paste an entire 800 word story into their blog. They don’t even comment on it. And it happens way more than most people realize.”
These guys are walking back their dumbness.
The clue is in the "And it happens way more than most people realize.” line.
If they have been tracking this use they know how often it happens and they could just say so instead of this "way more than we realise" bullshit. Nobody much has actually bothered to realise it at all until they brought it up, mostly because its not happening to any significant extent, even the automated trackbackers only lift a few words and the subject line.
But they don't know how much it happens and they wont until they actually get their search tool working, and when they do they'll find the problem is trivial and most importantly, it wont make any difference to their cashflowm, their bottom line or their business model.
These people are just dead between the ears and they think that using the muckspreader will solve that; it wont.