Earlier this month, the Associated Press sent a letter to the Drudge Retort blog asking them to remove quotations. Specifically it asked the blog to remove seven sections which contained quotations ranging from 39 to 79 words in length. The news agency is now considering its position on blogs.
Jeff Jarvis’ take on what the future holds for the AP here
Have a look at Alexander Wolfe’s take on it also
Michael Arrington has been out and about on this over at TechCrunch
The stories over the weekend were bad enough – the Associated Press, with a long history of suing over quotations from their articles, went after Drudge Retort for having the audacity to link to their stories along with short quotations via reader submissions. Drudge Retort is doing nothing different than what Digg, TechMeme, Mixx and dozens of other sites do, and frankly the fact that they are being linked to should be considered a favor.
Some of this is fair enough, but saying that the AP should consider being linked to by blogs a favour…he can’t actually be serious!