Get your AP - direct
There is, as expected, lots of bluster and a few good points around the blogs today on AP's introduction of its digital rights management plan, especially AP head Tom Curley's quote in the Times that suggests the wire service will expect some kind of toll for even using a headline and linking. (Get a slightly different take on this from CJR.)
If nothing else, ya gotta love the graphic (nice use of metaphor and symbolism with that box there).
Among all the bluff and bluster are some references to AP's lack of a "home" news site (as opposed to the corporate site), largely ascribed to its members' desires to keep any traffic to AP copy on their own sites.
AP has a home site (buried inside AP.org) on which it even sells some ads (I'm not sure the AP is actually selling those; it's as likely they are remnant inventory, but still, I wonder if there's any money coming in.) There are even RSS feeds.
Why don't you hear much about it? Well, yes, in part it is that member thing. But it's worth keeping the record straight and knowing it's there.