Thursday, July 03, 2008

A.P takes on Bloggers

The American Press has recently been attacking bloggers for quoting there stories. Apparantly A.P. finds bloggers sending traffic their way a bad thing.

A.P. vice president Jim Kennedy says they will issue guidelines telling bloggers what is acceptable and what isn’t, over and above what the law says is acceptable. They will “attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright.

Bloggers that break these guidelines will risk the chance of being sued or fined by the A.P. On A.P.’s website it says that if you quote just 5 words you will be fined $12.50.

TechCrunch said “They are trying to claw their way to a set of property rights that don’t exist today and that they are not legally entitled to.” So what exactly does this mean for bloggers out their like me. Well basically plain and simple A.P does not want you quoting anything about their stories, at all. If you are seen quoting their stories they will send you a take down notice and issue a fine or even try to sue you.

Apparently A.P does not understand how the internet works and it looks like they pretty much just killed their own website if they actually try and enforce this new law they made up.

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