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Associated Press Gets Angry – Fair use blogging

The AP is getting a little angry lately. Why? Because all of you irresponsible bloggers are using their stories and not sharing your enormous profits. Hey, if they want my ad profits they can have them, all 19 cents of them.

from NY Times

Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that Web sites that used the work of news organizations must obtain permission and share revenue with them, and that it would take legal action against those that did not.

A.P. executives said they were concerned about a variety of news forums around the Web, including major search engines like Google and Yahoo and aggregators like the Drudge Report that link to news articles, smaller sites that sometimes reproduce articles whole, and companies that sell packaged news feeds.

They said they did not want to stop the appearance of articles around the Web, but to exercise some control over the practice and to profit from it.

The A.P. will also pursue sites that reproduce large parts of articles, rather than using brief links, and it is developing a system to track articles online and determine whether they were used legally.

Justin Gardner at Donklephant made a good point about the nature of blogging and the sharing of news

from Donklephant

See, a lot of blogging I see these days starts off by reading a story from the mainstream media, excerpting a small portion of it and responding to it. That’s what we do here at Donklephant, with the exception of a few essays and video reports. But, by and large, the business of blogging is about quickly sharing information with our readers and providing commentary along with it.

Blogging is often the digital equivalent of the barber shop/salon, kitchen table, and general store of previous generations. People gather their news, then sit around to discuss it. No one claimed they were the author of the stories they heard. They just repeated them, or shared the paper they might have in front of them, and gave their opinions.

This is like the AP is trying to hold back a flood by standing in front of the oncoming deluge holding a hand up and yelling STOP.

I use AP stories occasionally, but there is seldom a need for me to rely solely on them. With Google News I can find multiple sources for the same story in seconds. I always give a link to my sources not matter how much I use, so they certainly aren’t missing out on the credit.

Go ahead AP, tell me I can’t share the news I read from your newsstand. I’ll just go to one of the thousands next door.