Associated Press fair use battle

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.

NYT’s article’s update

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!

4 thoughts on “Associated Press fair use battle

  1. Nice links Blathnaid,

    I particularly like the fact that Alexander Wolfe’s post is built on blogging software yet he is calling bloggers out!

    Shows that established media are embracing the tools if not the ideals of bloggers!


  2. 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!

    Sure it’s a favor. When bloggers could just as easily link to uncountable other sources with the exact same content, how is it not a favor to choose one over another?

  3. Lottie,

    Thanks for the comment!

    When it comes to the web, links increase the AP’s credibility and no doubt its pagerank too, I can accept that. But the reason why bloggers link to the AP is precisely because it is so credible already.

    This credibility is because the AP have spent money and time getting stories researched and written and the bloggers are benefiting from their efforts for free by be able to link to this credible and trustworthy resource whose voice can be relied upon.

    When you look at it from that perspective, any “favour” is flowing more from the AP to bloggers than to the AP from bloggers.


  4. Fair point. But they’re definitely not the only credible source. I just felt like AP was getting a bit big for its breeches. Sure, readers and bloggers need AP, but AP needs us too. They seemed to have forgotten that for a spell.

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