The Huffington Post tends to be under constant fire for what many call over-aggregating - taking too much content from other sources and making it their own. It’s always been more of an issue with print stories than video, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. The photo above is from a video embedded in a story on HuffPost about Charla Nash, who was attached by a chimpanzee in 2008. While the video is from the Today Show, you can see AOL has placed the video in their own player based on the “AOL” bug in the lower right. Rather than embed the video from The Today Show, Armstrong, Huffington & co. are ripping it straight from the TV, cutting the important parts, and placing it in their own player so the streams & ad views count for AOL - who really seems to need it, since the stock has seen record lows lately.
Here’s the giant splash page NBC created for the story, complete with an embed code for the video. You know, in case anyone wanted to share the story on their own news site/blog and give credit to the creator. -Matt
Arrgh… this is one reason why I joined the National Writers Union. They’ve launched a virtual picket line against Huff Post, which I’ll post in a bit.