AP Attacks Blog Media To Stop It From Using Excerpts

Arts & Culture
Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 13 june 2008

Jeff Jarvis points us to a move by Associated Press to stop Rogers Cadenhead’s community-created Drudge Retort site from taking excerpts from their media releases. Use of excerpts are common practice in blogging – a media category where it’s more common to pass people on to an original story than write it.

AP has issued a number of take-down notices for use of excepts that run from 33 to 79. An example:

Clinton Expects Race to End Next Week

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she expects her marathon Democratic race against Barack Obama to be resolved next week, as superdelegates decide who is the stronger candidate in the fall. “I think that after the final primaries, people are going to start making up their minds,” she said. “I think that is the natural progression that one would expect.”

Jarvis comments that AP has a history of taking journalists works without proper accreditation and also says:

In its complaint against Cadenhead, the AP is flouting fair use and fair comment. It is ignoring the essential structure of the link architecture of the web. It is declaring war on blogs and commenters.


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