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Follow up on this story (re-check the links within for background):

Jeff Jarvis: AP, hole, dig

Patrick Nielsen Hayden: The Associated Press wants to charge you $12.50 to quote five words from them

Cory Doctorow: Associated Press expects you to pay to license 5-word quotations (and reserves the right to terminate your license)

Afarensis: AP to Bloggers: You Must Pay or Our Narcs Will Get You!

Patrick Nielsen Hayden: The Associated Press: worse than merely foolish

Oh, oh. Associated Press is sooooooo dead on arrival. Nice to have known you have existed, cavemen!


  1. #1 John
    June 17, 2008

    I guess it’s time to stop linking AP stories.

  2. #2 Coturnix
    June 18, 2008

    Yes, let’s ignore them into oblivion. There are always better sources anyway – they do not usually add any value anyway. They are just so darned ubiquitous, it’s hard to avoid them, we need to actually pay attention in order not to inadvertently link to them.

  3. #3 Alun
    June 18, 2008

    So if I start writing phrases like ‘President John McCain is waiting for iguanas.’ or ‘President Barack Obama was waiting for cantaloupes.’ does that mean that AP owe me money each time the excerpt the ‘President Barack Obama was waiting…’ bit? If checked their archives and they don’t appear there, so clearly they would be excerpting me.

    Have I just discovered a gold mine?

  4. #4 Alun
    June 18, 2008

    Thank god I spelled the important quotes correctly. That could have cost me serious money. It should be ‘they excerpt’ and ‘I’ve checked’ Note to self, leave ideas until you’ve woken up properly.

  5. #5 Bill the Cat
    June 18, 2008

    I suggest that every one who writes about anything in the news makes a practice of including a prominent note about pointedly not checking what AP has to say, now that the idiots in charge there are taking business advice from some dickhead lawyers.

    Keep printing that line again and again and people will eventually take it at face value. Which is good, because it seems to be true.

  6. #6 ERV
    June 18, 2008

    Bye AP! Dont let the door hit your ass on the way out! *waves bye-bye*

  7. #7 Mr. Gunn
    June 18, 2008

    Wait, don’t they have a damn RSS feed? What gives?

  8. #8 mark
    June 18, 2008

    Has some whacko self-proclaimed messiah bought out AP, now?

  9. #9 QrazyQat
    June 18, 2008

    It’s a cooperative of whacko self-proclaimed messiahs.

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