Associated Press: Fair Use Limits You To Four Words; Five Words Costs $12.50
from the make-it-stop dept
As we wait with bated breath for the Associated Press to come down from the mountain with its own rules for “fair use for bloggers,” Patrick Nielsen Hayden gives us a sense of what the AP considers fair use (found via Boing Boing). Apparently, for quite some time, the AP has had up a page that lists out prices for quoting AP text. I will quote the list prices, and hope I don’t get a DMCA takedown:
- 5-25 words: $ 12.50
- 26-50 words: $ 17.50
- 51-100 words: $ 25.00
- 101-250 words: $ 50.00
- 251 words and up: $ 100.00
Oh, and it gets better. The AP claims that it can revoke the license at any time if it feels you’re saying something negative about the Associated Press: “Publisher reserves the right to terminate this Agreement at any time if Publisher or its agents finds Your use of the licensed Content to be offensive and/or damaging to Publisher?s reputation.”
Now, these are the terms that the AP has had on its site for some time — but they explain why the AP went after the Drudge Retort for quoting less than 100 words. To the AP, that was a violation requiring a $25 license. So, while some believe that those criticizing the AP are overreacting, I’d argue that’s not the case at all. This is not, as suggested, a one-time thing. This is an ongoing pattern of misuse of copyright law by the AP. And it’s been pointed out to the AP in the past that these actions are wrong — and it did nothing to change the AP’s behavior. Instead, it seems to have only emboldened the AP.
Besides, it now appears that the AP’s way of having this “conversation” with bloggers on what is AP-acceptable “fair use” is to meet with some guy who represents some blogging “group” I’ve never heard of. That group does not represent bloggers and it certainly doesn’t speak for all of us in reaching some sort of “agreement.” If the AP really wants to engage with the critics, why doesn’t it come out and talk to those of us criticizing its actions? So far, the only engagement has been to cut and past the same comment on a bunch of blog sites… Other than that, it has only spoken to reporters about this issue.