Associated Press DRM diagram demystified (with cuss-words)

In the comments for today's earlier post, Associated Press claims to have discovered magic anti-news-copying beans, BB reader Dequeued points us to this marvellous remix of the Associated Press's DRM system (click through for the whole glorious NSFW thing!).

AP: Protect, Point, Pay


  1. Seems sensible, I say we go for it.

    The irony may not be translating, but I’d like to point out that Arial is considered by true font ballers to be a ripoff of Helvetica, with nearly identical glyph dimensions.

  2. I thought the original was confusing. This is just reinforcing that I have no clue what’s going on.

  3. I love it when a burn is this severe – so rarely do I get to laugh and wince simultaneously.

  4. LOL. I thought the same thing on the original about the beer keg/radioactive waste barrel at the end of the flow chart. I still don’t know WTF it is suppose to be!

  5. Kurtmac: it’s a “data-stack”, the soulless corporate flowchart symbol of “stored data”.

  6. I thought it was one of those barrels from Doom. The AP can shoot at it to blow up bloggers who try to send readers their way.

  7. The AP are really stoopid (they deserve that spelling) if they really spent “millions of dollars” on this technology. Did anyone tell them about OCR (optical character recognition)?

    If you can scan a page and use OCR to get editable text, then why couldnt people just do a screen cap and then run it through OCR? …. They could.

    Nice waste of money AP, you have made a new enemy. Anyone remember those little problems of MASSIVE WORLD HUNGER AND POVERTY??? …Probably a better way to spend millions of dollars.

    Just like I downloaded & shared all of Metallica’s albums when they sued napster (even though I mostly hate their music) – I will now work to abuse and mess with AP’s copyrights wherever I can.

  8. How does the AP make money? Mostly from subscriptions from other media and organisations that pay them for the right to publish or use their stories. News agencies don’t sell ad space themselves.

    I work for a smaller national news agency in Europe and am beginning to feel like a polar bear on a rapidly shrinking iceberg …

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