Questions for the Associated Press from the Internet

Last Updated Apr 13, 2009 8:04 PM EDT Last week, the Associated Press put the online publishing world on notice about the organization's new "content protection initiative" . AP's idea is to protect news content from misappropriation online. Unfortunately, when I asked to interview someone from AP about the intent, the response from the media relations department was to point to its "AP Intellectual Property site," which had just been "freshened up." Talk about a standard corporate response. But this is an issue that could cause major disputes online, so even if they won't take the following questions, I thought it would be good to get them out into the open. By now, many have read the quote from AP Chairman Dean Singleton that the organization "can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories." But that raises the question of what legal theories AP may be employing. I had hoped that the following questions might help tease that out, though it sounds like the organization has taken a leaf from the Dick Cheney school of public relations. (At least they haven't been taking lessons on hunting rifles from him ... I hope.): Under what circumstances do you think that someone should be able to quote an AP headline? What similarities do you see between headlines and titles, given that titles do not enjoy copyright protection? What is the threshold for you to consider that sites not licensing AP work actually "walk off" with it? Given that AP uses the word "misappropriation," how does the organization define the term online? Do you think that other sites have the fair use right to quote sections of a story? If so, what percentage or word limits do you think should cap the use? If you don't think that non-licensing sites have no right to quote sections of an AP story, what controlling legal theory are you using? If a site undertakes news analysis, is quoting AP material then fair use? If sites cannot quote AP, will AP be willing Continue Reading

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announce they are separating in a statement to The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announce they are separating in a statement to The Associated Press. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sign up for BREAKING NEWS Emails privacy policy Thanks for subscribing! Tags: newswires associated press entertainment newswires Send a Letter to the Editor Join the Conversation: facebook Tweet Continue Reading

Scott Frost named The Associated Press coach of year; Here’s how they voted

Scott Frost has been named The Associated Press coach of the year after leading Central Florida to an unbeaten season.Frost, who is the new coach at Nebraska, but plans to complete the season with UCF and coach the 10th-ranked Knights against No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl."I was very fortunate to work with a special group at UCF for the last two years," Frost said in a statement to the AP. "I've told them a number of times that what they accomplished this season was nothing short of impossible. Any honor or award I receive based on what we accomplished as a team is a credit to those student-athletes. I'm very proud to have been a part of this magical season." Here is the breakdown of voting from 57 voters who submitted ballots:Frost received 21 first-place votes and 100 points.Kirby Smart of Georgia with seven first-place votes and 55 points.Clemson's Dabo Swinney with seven votes and 38 points.Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley with four votes and 36 points.Miami's Mark Richt with five votes and 28 points.UAB's Bill Clark (six), Wisconsin's Paul Chryst (three), Iowa State's Matt Campbell (two), Fresno State's Jeff Tedford (one) and Auburn's Gus Malzahn (one) also received first-place votes.The 42-year-old Frost took the job as Nebraska coach right after the AAC title game. Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim. Continue Reading

Tennessee basketball drops a spot in the Associated Press Poll

Tennessee slid in the polls Monday after losing to North Carolina.The Vols now are ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll after being ranked No. 20 a week ago.The Vols lost to North Carolina on Sunday in a game they led by three with 1:09 to play. Tennessee led by as many as nine in the second half, but never put the Tar Heels away.UT trailed for only 91 seconds against UNC, which rose to No. 5 in the AP Poll.The Vols opened the season with blowout wins against Presbyterian and High Point. Tennessee then went to the Battle 4 Atlantis and picked up a big win against then-No 18 Purdue. UT suffered its first loss of the season so far to current No. 1 Villanova before beating N.C. State to take third place in the holiday tournament.Tennessee won three straight games after the Battle 4 Atlantis, handling Mercer, winning a tough road game at Georgia Tech and holding off Lipscomb. Continue Reading

The Associated Press Division II All-America Team, List

The Associated Press Division II All-America team:FIRST TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback — Luis Perez, senior, Texas A&M-Commerce.Running backs — Marc Jones, senior, Gannon; Cameron Mayberry, sophomore, Colorado School of Mines.Linemen — Alex Cappa, senior, Humboldt State; Lavonte Hights, senior, Shepherd; Dominic Giunta, senior, Ashland; Harley Vaughan, senior, West Georgia; Gavin De Los Santos, senior, Harding.Tight end — D.J. Cornish, sophomore, Shepherd.Receivers — J.T. Luper, senior, Central Oklahoma; Weston Carr, sophomore, Azusa Pacific.All-purpose player — Devontae Jackson, junior, West Georgia.Kicker — Casey Bednarski, junior, Minnesota State.DEFENSELinemen — Marcus Martin, senior, Slippery Rock; Bo Banner, senior, Central Washington; Adonis Davis, junior, Florida Tech; Myles Humphrey, senior, Shepherd.Linebacker — Kevin Haynes, senior, Central Washington; Terry Samuel, junior, West Alabama; Dennis Gardeck, senior, Sioux Falls.Backs — Tyler Hasty, junior, Central Washington; Tavierre Thomas, senior, Ferris State; J.R. Stevens, sophomore, Indiana, Pennsylvania; Chris Johnson, junior, North Alabama.Punter — Justin Marcha, senior, Emporia State.___SECOND TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback — Travis Tarnowski, senior, Ashland.Running back — Walter Fletcher, sophomore, Edinboro; Deshawn Jones, sophomore, Missouri S&T.Linemen — Andrew Alten, senior, Findlay; Jerron Seales, senior, Indiana, Pennsylvania; Jake Daugherty, senior, Ferris State; Daniel Owens, senior, Wingate; Jared Machorro, senior, Texas A&M-Commerce.Tight end — Qua Boyd, junior, West Alabama.Receivers — Marcus Johnson, senior, Slippery Rock; Jalen Tolliver, senior, Arkansas-Monticello.All-purpose player — Ja'Quan Gardner, senior, Humboldt State.Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, Assumption.DEFENSELinemen — Evan Perrizo, senior, Minnesota State; Zach Seiler, junior, Ferris State; Nathan Shepherd, senior, Continue Reading

Memphis WR Anthony Miller earns all-American honors from The Associated Press

Over the years, the slights against Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller piled up and he used each of them as motivation.The Memphis native had to walk on with the Tigers after not receiving a Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship out of Christian Brothers High. He didn't earn first team all-American Athletic Conference honors last year despite a season that re-wrote the Memphis record book. Then, he got passed over when the Biletnikoff Award announced its finalists last month.But this journey, from unheralded prospect to the most prolific receiver in school history, got some validation on Monday.Miller was named first team all-American by The Associated Press, becoming just the fourth Memphis football player to earn that honor. Miller is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at Memphis. Through 12 games this season, he has 92 catches and ranks second in the country in both receiving yards (1,407) and receiving touchdowns (17).Until Monday, however, he had been snubbed by some of the major all-America teams so far.Though Miller earned first team all-American honors from The Athletic this past weekend, he was not named to one of the all-America teams put out by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was on Sports Illustrated's second team all-American team.  More: Memphis Tigers KR Tony Pollard named Walter Camp all-American Miller is first Tigers' skill position player to be named a first team all-American by the AP. Offensive lineman Matt Stark (1971), kicker Joe Allison (1992) and punter Tom Hornsey (2013) also earned first team honors previously.On Sunday, Miller was also tabbed the Tigers' most valuable player this season at the annual Memphis football banquet.   Earlier on Monday, cornerback T.J. Carter earned freshman all-American honors from ESPN.Carter, who was the AAC's rookie of the year, ranked second in the conference with five interceptions and finished with 61 Continue Reading

The Associated Press gets it wrong when it — yes, it! — says ‘they’ is a singular word

Boy did it make a big mistake this time! Last week, the Associated Press — it, not they! — ruled that it is perfectly legitimate to call singular things "they," as in in the following sentence: "The Associated Press made a big mistake when they said I could write a grammatically incorrect sentence like this one!" There are two stated reasons why the Associated Press has rewritten its — its, not their — much-vaunted stylebook to allow for "they" instead of "it": The first is stupid — that pretty much everyone interchanges "they" for "he/she/it" all the time these days. So sentences like, "I got a bill from the phone company and they say I owe another $45" (instead of "I got a bill from the phone company and it says I owe another $45") or "Everyone has a responsibility to hold onto their hat on a roller coaster" (instead of the correct "Everyone has a responsibility to hold onto his or her hat on a roller coaster") will soon be completely legitimate. This is tyranny by the uneducated, lazy or merely Millennial. The other main reason given by the AP for its alteration of the Stylebook is also problematic. Certainly, it is true that some transgender people like to be called "they" instead of, obviously, "he" or "she." But our language cannot currently handle a transgender person who likes to be called "they" because the resulting sentences make no sense if you go with the AP or not: "Do you know my friend Pat? They has a really tough time finding the right bathroom in North Carolina." (For the record, the Associated Press says the sentences should be "Do you know my friend Pat? They have a really tough time finding the right bathroom in North Carolina," but that doesn't solve the problem, either.) I reached out to Paula Froke, who oversees the AP Stylebook, but she didn't get back to me right away (look, grammar people are BUSY!). But a blog post on the American Copy Editors Continue Reading

The Associated Press should exit city’s foolish manual vote count

From time immemorial, The Associated Press has done New York City the enormous favor of distributing unofficial vote tallies on Election Nights. The wire service has been the primary conduit between the voting booth and an electorate eager to know who has won and who has lost when ballots are cast. The AP should now do New York another good work by severing all ties with the city Board of Elections’ incompetent vote-tallying operation. Pulling the plug might just shock the Legislature into reforming a backward system that is a profound embarrassment. Legislative primaries are scheduled for September. They will be followed by the contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney in November. An AP refusal to disseminate election results would force the Legislature to devise a new system for posting tallies. That, or leave the city and nation in the dark for days. The Legislature must order the board to count votes by computer rather than by hand, as poll workers can easily do thanks to the electronic vote-scanning machines now in use. At the same time, the Legislature should also relieve the New York Police Department of its similarly outdated role in what’s become an election fiasco. The AP would be on solid ground, if only to preserve its credibility as a news organization, because the numbers it now distributes at the behest of the Board of Elections cannot be trusted. After the polls closed June 26, the board infamously produced a count showing that Rep. Charles Rangel had gotten 2,331 more votes than state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. The AP duly reported the tally, only to discover days later that the margin was actually 802 in Rangel’s favor. Less scrutinized is how the board blew the March state Senate special election between Republican David Storobin and Democrat Lew Fidler in Brooklyn. It padded both candidates’ totals with phantom votes — 82 extra for Storobin and 80 for Fidler. While those numbers may Continue Reading

Tiger Woods named Athlete of the Decade by The Associated Press

As sports go, it wasn't close: Tiger Woods was famous for his golf long before he became infamous for his personal life. For 10 incomparable years, no one ruled a sport like Woods. He won 64 tournaments, including 12 major championships. He hoisted a trophy on every continent where golf is played. And those 56 titles in one decade on the PGA Tour? Consider that only four of golf's greatest players won more in their entire careers. Even as a shocking sex scandal changed the way people look at Woods, the records he set could not be ignored. Woods was selected Wednesday as the Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press in a vote that was more about his performance on the course than the self-described transgressions as a person. "The only reason I wouldn't vote for Tiger Woods is because of the events of the last three weeks," said Mike Strain, sports editor of the Tulsa (Okla.) World. "And I didn't think that was enough to change my vote. I thought he was a transcendent sports figure." He received 56 of the 142 votes cast since last month by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. More than half the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity. Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor who won the Tour de France six times this decade, finished second with 33 votes. He was followed by Roger Federer, who has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man, with 25 votes. Record-setting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps came in fourth with 13 votes, followed by New England quarterback Tom Brady (6) and world-record sprinter Usain Bolt (4). Five other athletes received one vote apiece. Woods, who has not been seen since the accident and has issued only statements on his Web site, was not made available to comment about the award. Seattle Times sports editor Don Shelton discussed the vote with his staff, which he said was torn among Woods, Armstrong and Continue Reading

The Associated Press to cut 10 percent of work force

The Associated Press will trim 10 percent of its work force over the next year as a cut in fees paid by member newspapers and a declining economy take their toll, Chief Executive Tom Curley said Thursday.The staff reduction will amount to a loss of more than 400 positions from a global staff of 4,100, and Curley said the cuts will include some of the news cooperative's 3,000 journalists.Curley told the staff in a meeting webcast to AP offices globally that he hopes most of the cut will be achieved through attrition, but he did not rule out layoffs.Asked if the cuts would include newsroom jobs, Curley noted that 75 percent of the staff are journalists. "Everybody's going to participate," he said.The AP is still profitable, but cash flow is expected to decline from $95 million this year to $66 million in 2009, largely due to a $30 million reduction in fees paid by newspapers facing unprecedented financial hardships.The remainder of the AP's cash will be spent funding the pension plan, taxes and capital equipment, and the staff cuts are meant to prepare for a possible further economic decline, Curley said. The staff reduction is intended to save $25 million a year."Part of it is to get to the 2009 budget and part of it is to think that 2010 might produce other issues," Curley said in an interview Thursday. "We don't know how far the economic setback is going to go."Revenue for 2009 is forecast to fall 5.5 percent to $705 million from an estimated $746 million this year.The cooperative also faces rising competition, including from Time Warner Inc.'s CNN unit, which is forming a wire service it intends to market to newspapers.More than 100 AP member newspapers also have threatened to quit the service, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minn.The company instituted a hiring freeze in October, and Curley said its effectiveness will be reviewed at the end of the first quarter.Curley told the Continue Reading