Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Associated Press Could be Looking For You!

And not in any way you would likely care to have them seek you out!

Apparently AP is offering bounty to folks who turn in bloggers who quote from AP articles without their permission. Even if you pay the license fee and criticize AP you may be sued ! Even linking to stories that discuss and quote the AP source.

Internet Evolution writer Nicole Ferraro has some thoughts :

The Associated Press has stirred up controversy this week by essentially spewing on open conversations and information sharing on the Internet.

The hullabaloo began yesterday when the AP sent a cease-and-desist letter to Rogers Cadenhead, owner of the Drudge Retort, for excerpting parts of its articles, calling it a copyright infringement (despite his proper use of links, attribution, kudos, etc.).

Today, it was pointed out that the AP is charging a fee for "quotation licenses." These licenses start at $12.50 and afford buyers the rights to quote five to 25 words of an article. Also, according to its Terms of Use, the AP forbids paying customers from criticizing the AP when quoting them -- and it bribes people with a reward of "up to one million dollars" to report pirates. Arrgh.

Now, copyright infringement and plagiarism are one thing, but quoting another article, with a proper link and attribution, that's what we non-archaic types call "the Internet" (heard of it?), the blogosphere, the new wave of journalism, and life. To rebut that with hissy fits and hissy fees will prove to be futile for the old AP.

On the phone today with Internet Evolution, Chris Tolles, CEO of Topix, said this effort to charge the blogosphere for snippets won't get the AP very far. Moreover, he said, the fact that the AP is even concerned about links and quotes points to a larger problem.

Oh Yeah! There is a Much Larger Problem alright!

Many Examples that can be shown.

Think the MSM are getting touchy about all the scrutiny?


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Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

could they get any more pathetic..why dont they just undo freedom of speech while theyre at it!!

6/17/2008 10:16 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Angel ..... THEY are working on it!
The idea is that the MSM get's to say whatever they want .. right wrong fiction truth or anything in between.

But if you or I question what they say ... then watch out.

It seems that a lot of people who belong to vested interest groups are unhappy about open access to information as well as dissemination of opinions.
Keep an eye on your politicians.

6/18/2008 9:14 a.m.  
Blogger talnik said...

What the heck is this?


(You're the only Canadian I can trust)

6/18/2008 1:13 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Sory talnik .... that link is dead to me. I can get the Sun but not that link.....
What story/topic is it?

6/18/2008 1:41 p.m.  
Blogger talnik said...

AGGH! They are censoring yer internet! I just copied and pasted it and it worked for me.
Here's some of it:

BARRIE -- The mother of an autistic girl says the public school board was "completely unprofessional" to formulate a theory that her daughter was being sexually abused based on a psychic's perception.

Barrie resident Colleen Leduc wants an apology from the Simcoe County District School Board, which called in the Children's Aid Society (CAS) to investigate.

According to the board, the case is still under investigation, although Leduc says it was closed.

Leduc immediately pulled her 11-year-old daughter, Victoria Nolet, out of Terry Fox Elementary School in north-end Barrie.

"I have trust issues now," Leduc said. "What are they going to concoct next week?"

It goes on.

6/18/2008 3:48 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

I'll look into it .... on the surface it looks like a special ed teacher's aide got carried away with her psychic moonbatery and things snowballed.

Makes a person wonder what ever happened to adults in the world!

6/18/2008 4:24 p.m.  

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