AP Demands Bloggers Cease Printing Exerpts!!!

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By Cernig
June 13, 2008

Fair Use And The Associated Press

Bloggers beware, Associated Press are on the warpath, starting bogus copryright suits against those linking and quoting even the merest fraction of an AP news report. Roger Cadenhead of the Drudge Retort:

I’m currently engaged in a legal disagreement with the Associated Press, which claims that Drudge Retort users linking to its stories are violating its copyright and committing “‘hot news’ misappropriation under New York state law.” An AP attorney filed six Digital Millenium Copyright Act takedown requests this week demanding the removal of blog entries and another for a user comment.

The Retort is a community site comparable in function to Digg, Reddit and Mixx. The 8,500 users of the site contribute blog entries of their own authorship and links to interesting news articles on the web, which appear immediately on the site. None of the six entries challenged by AP, which include two that I posted myself, contains the full text of an AP story or anything close to it. They reproduce short excerpts of the articles — ranging in length from 33 to 79 words — and five of the six have a user-created headline.



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6 thoughts on “AP Demands Bloggers Cease Printing Exerpts!!!

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  3. AP <<< Neo-Con Political Tool!!

    So no one can even place a link to their stories on a website??? They are ridiculous.

    Guess whose stories I just quit reading….

    They can keep them.

    If they don’t want people to know where to go to read their stories, screw them! They should get out of the news business then, if they don’t want people to read their stories.

    I’ll go somewhere else for news. Maybe Al-Jazeera…

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