The Associated Press are now, despite having RSS feeds of their own, trying to attack bloggers and charge a per word fee for fair-use quotations of their stories.|
Not only do they not get the law, they're greedy assholes.
This scale is likely only a temporary solution, as it raises a truckload of questions. For instance: Suppose a news source holds a press conference, and makes a statement to several attendees including an AP correspondent. Does the citation of that quote count as an excerpt of an AP story? What if Reuters cited the same quote?The AP doesn't care - they just thought they could set up an extortion racket. Hopefully someone will get some sense into them soon.