Associated Press wants users to pay up

The Associated Press

, the news cooperative owned by 1,500 newspapers nationwide, as well as about 5,000 radio and TV stations, announced this week that it was going to demand payment from online publications that use its content without paying.

An article in The New York Times about the issue quotes William Dean Singleton, chair of the newspaper governing board of the cooperative and founder of MediaNews Group, which owns such papers as the Denver Post and the Detroit News. Singleton says that the AP plans to "seek legal and legislative remedies against those who don't" license and pay for AP content.

Good for the AP. It's about time.