The shooters' side of the issue really revolves around two main issues. First is the rights that the photographer signs over to the AP. In their contract, the photographer gives the AP virtually all rights to all images that they shoot. It used to be, back in the good old days, that you'd get the negatives back eventually. Not anymore. The rights issue is an important one first, because it sets a precedent for smaller organizations (namely, newspapers) to follow suit. This would mean that the photographer won't even be able to make a print to show in his/her portfolio. Next, if the AP were to resell the print several hundred times, the photographer is out that part of the money. Resales, especially in the electronic age, are a pure moneymaker for the AP. The images are already shot, and in the 30 seconds that it takes to transmit, the AP can command $200 or up to thousands of dollars for a single-use image. And since many photographers live from paycheck to paycheck, this hurts.