Now this is insane to say the least. Blogging promotes traffic to AP stories by quoting and referencing. This is nothing more than a greedy money grab, but cripes, don’t they see that they are cutting of thier nose to spite their faces? Obviously this is something that will affect us all in one way or another:
The Associated Press, one of the largest news sources in the world, has decided to shoot itself in the foot and file copyright suits against bloggers who quote more than five words from any AP article without paying a licensing fee. Newshoggers reports that users on the Drudge Retortreceived DMCA takedown requests for using AP article headlines and quotes. Fortunately, after a loud protest from bloggers, the media giant issued a less harshly-worded statement in which they promised to “rethink their policies toward bloggers.” The takedowns have not been removed.
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words Fees 5-25 $ 12.50 26-50 $ 17.50 51-100 $ 25.00 101-250 $ 50.00 251 and up $ 100.00
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