It’s official, the AP (associated press) has finally lost all its marbles. The organization now wants to charge anyone who quotes their content $2.50 per word or $12.50 for five words. It could be that rates go up beyond that point.
Anyone who feels intimidated by the AP can feel free to fill out its form and give the AP cash monies in exchange for permission to quote content. This goes against every single fair-use law in the United States.
The New York Times (a member of the AP) said,
This is an attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt.
But Making Light says,
It’s better described as yet another attempt by a big media company to replace the established legal and social order with with a system of private law (the very definition of the word “privilege”) in which a few private organizations get to dictate to the rest of society what the rules will be.
Guess who I agree with? If you guessed the New York Times, you are wrong. We have covered this issue before and will continue to follow it as the situation develops. The AP, like the RIAA is trying to fight the new business model where most information is distributed for free or at little cost online.
The AP wants to sue anyone that doesn’t follow the new guidelines but those are guidelines it set up all by itself. It’s not illegal to break the guidelines it set up and I would like to see them hold it up in any decent court. If the AP continues down this path it will wind be being hated more than the RIAA. Okay, maybe not but surely a close second.
If anyone from the AP is reading this, you’ll have to pay me $3 a word if you want to quote me so just drop a comment on how many words you want to use and payment instructions will follow. Great, thanks.
Sorry, but I’m not going to feel inclined to follow your new rules AP and maybe people will just stop using your content completely. What’s next, no one is allowed to link to an AP story?