Talk about the left hand no knowing what the right hand is doing. The Associated Press, reported on CNet, spanked its own affiliate for copyright infringement. Turns out the Tennessee AP affiliate was simply embedding an AP video that had been posted on the AP YouTube channel with the embed option turned on (see video below- sue me).
The AP recently sent a letter to WTNQ-FM in Tennessee–an affiliate of the Associated Press, by the way–accusing the country music radio station of copyright violation for embedding videos from the AP’s official YouTube channel on its Web site, according to a station employee’s blog. The AP channel includes embed code for its videos, which allows any Web site or blog to embed the videos on their sites–a feature that can be turned off.
Dear, AP. If you’d like a lesson on turning off the embed feature on a video, give me a call. In the meantime, it’s hard to root for your right to copyright when you’re spanking your own affiliates for embedding — after you opted to invite users to embed. As of this writing, your channel’s latest video still has the embed option turned on.
It’s all sounding rather desperate, AP. In your pursuit to protect your legitimate rights you’re making some rather embarrassing errors that won’t help with the court of public opinion.