Thomson Reuters Media President talks sense about linking to content


Shameless repost of BoingBoing and Reuters content here, but word should be spread on this because quite frankly it’s good that Thomson Reuters are taking the sensible approach on this, unlike the Associated Press (link1, link2)…

“Chris Ahearn, President of Media at Thomson Reuters, has an opinion piece out today which amounts to a response to recent hysterical, illogical, and counterproductive acts on the part of Associated Press management with regard to content-sharing online (and “journalism piracy”).”

Xeni Jardin,

And here’s what he said (click the link to read the full story):

“To start, yes the global economy is fairly grim and the cyclical aspects of our business are biting extremely hard in the face of the structural changes. But the Internet isn’t killing the news business any more than TV killed radio or radio killed the newspaper. Incumbent business leaders in news haven’t been keeping up. Many leaders continue to help push the business into the ditch by wasting “resources” (management speak for talented people) on recycling commodity news. Reader habits are changing and vertically curated views need to be meshed with horizontal read-around ones.Blaming the new leaders or aggregators for disrupting the business of the old leaders, or saber-rattling and threatening to sue are not business strategies – they are personal therapy sessions. Go ask a music executive how well it works.

A better approach is to have a general agreement among community members to treat others’ content, business and ideas with the same respect you would want them to treat yours. If you are doing something that you would object to if others did it to you – stop. If you don’t want search engines linking to you, insert code to ban them.”

Chris Ahearn, Thomson Reuters (

Disclaimer: In the interests of full disclosure, I should probably state that Thomson Reuters currently pay my wages.

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