why bloggers are boycotting AP

How convenient it is. Want to quote a news item in your blog? Just sign up here to pay per word.

I thought AP was a cooperative that encouraged the sharing of news among news organziations. Turns out its job is to rewrite copyright law. I thought this was benighted when I first heard about it. But it’s even sillier than I thought. Here’s a snip from their license agreement:

In consideration of the rights granted to You under this Agreement, You agree to pay the Licensing Fees specified in the order form. You hereby authorize Publisher and/or its authorized agent to collect the fees due from You under this Agreement by invoice or by debiting such fee to Your credit card entered on the Order Form. You warrant that You are the rightful owner of the credit card and are authorized to use such credit card. You further warrant that You are at least 18 years old.

My take: If You adhere to This Contract, You are a gullible Fool.

Parody is also no longer fair use. Nor can you offer any criticism.

You shall not use the Content in any manner or context that will be in any way derogatory to the author, the publication from which the Content came, or any person connected with the creation of the Content or depicted in the Content. You agree not to use the Content in any manner or context that will be in any way derogatory to or damaging to the reputation of Publisher, its licensors, or any person connected with the creation of the Content or referenced in the Content.

Apparently all uses of anything digital are licensed, not a matter of copyright. And I’ve probably violated a license by sharing this.

Hat tip to Ann Bartow at Sivacracy.

3 Responses to why bloggers are boycotting AP

  1. everydayman says:

    My commenting is illegal too. But anyway, I guess it’s still a matter of information drives and shares. It may technically be illegal, but it can be justified.

    http://3critical.wordpress.com

  2. Barbara says:

    I’m no lawyer, but I suspect taking something that is copyrighted and then limiting its fair use by pretending it’s licensed is probably not legally justified.

    I think we’ll get away with it. I think we should stand up for fair use.

  3. Lottie says:

    The dispute is over. We won! I wrote about here.

    Happy quoting! :D

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