Licensing online quotations - link roundup
In early June, news site the Drudge Retort received DMCA takedown notices from the Associated Press, for several pieces containing 39- to 79-word quotations from AP articles . Although the AP quickly backed off on their DMCA threat, they had previously published a pricing structure (screenshot from June 19, above) for blog quotations of their articles, with costs of $12.50 for as little as 5 words. Bloggers are crying "foul", claiming fair use and "hot news" privileges.
- Drudge Retort blogger Rogers Cadenhead on:
- Wired's Threat Level blog reports on the takedown notice, and AP's change of stance.
- The Media Blogger's Association adds background details (June 18)
- New York Times article (June 16) on the AP's licensing structure - an "effort to impose some guidelines on the free-wheeling blogosphere"
- The AP announces (June 17) that it is meeting with the Media Blogger's Association to develop guidelines for blog quotation of its content.
- Los Angeles Times editorial characterizes the AP as "pulling a Metallica" (June 19)
- BoingBoing and Napsterization clarify the role of the Media Blogger's Association (June 19)
- TechCrunch blog discovers an AP story that quotes 22 words from a TechCrunch post, and requests $12.50 (June 19)
- Update: Cadenhead posts that the AP has settled their dispute with him, blogger guidelines to come on Monday (June 20)