AP Finally Launches NewsRight... to get bloggers and aggregators to pay up for "profiting" off the work of the AP

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A few years back, the Associated Press announced plans to try to DRM the news, with an announcement that was mostly astounding for its technical cluelessness. It took nearly three years, but the project (now officially spun off from the AP -- who is still the largest shareholder) has been announced as 'NewsRight,' and is being described as an attempt to get bloggers and aggregators to pay up for 'profiting' off the work of the AP or the other newspaper partners of NewsRight (including the NYT, McClatchy and others). Of course, the devil is in the details, and no matter how many details I read, this whole thing still doesn't make any sense at all...

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