With CNN and Tribune newspapers reevaluating
their partnership with the Associated Press, the venerable wire service
has sought to reorient itself online by forging ties with new media
enterprises. But a potential partnership that surely seemed like a savvy move in the boardroom has left commentators puzzled. In a report for the Los Angeles Times, Mark Milian details
recent stalled negotiations between the AP and Pet Holdings Inc, a company that owns the unabashedly silly and popular Failblog
and I Can Has Cheezburger
Web properties. "For
the prestigious wire service to even consider associating itself with a
business that makes a living from fan-made cat pictures may have seemed
unthinkable a decade ago, " Milian notes.
it hasn't been the first time that the Associated Press has mismanaged
the strategic transition from print to online media. Because of the AP's
sometimes inscrutable rules for proper content compensation, it has
been the frequent target
of bloggers who believe that the wire service has overreached in an effort to protect their content.
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