June 15, 2008

I Didn’t Know the AP Was Empowered To Adjudicate © [11:36 pm]

But, hey, who knows how large their budget for campaign contributions might be: The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles

The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright.

The A.P.’s effort to impose some guidelines on the free-wheeling blogosphere, where extensive quoting and even copying of entire news articles is common, may offer a prominent definition of the important but vague doctrine of “fair use,” which holds that copyright owners cannot ban others from using small bits of their works under some circumstances.

[...] “As content creators, we firmly believe that everything we create, from video footage all the way down to a structured headline, is creative content that has value,” [Jim Kennedy, vice president and strategy director of The A.P.,] said.

But he also said that the association hopes that it will not have to test this theory in court.

“We are not trying to sue bloggers,” Mr. Kennedy said. “That would be the rough equivalent of suing grandma and the kids for stealing music. That is not what we are trying to do.”

Good luck with that

Later: I got an email from Simon Ownes that points to his very detailed article on this DMCA takedown fight:

Hey Frank,

I saw your post today about Rogers Cadenhead receiving DMCA takedown requests from the AP. I spoke to Cadenhead on the phone this weekend and he filled me in on many of the details of the struggle he’s having with the AP. It turns out this isn’t the first time he’s butted heads with them. I published an article about my conversation with him over here:

http://bloggasm.com/associated-press-sends-dmca-takedowns-to-blogger-for-short-excerpts

Anyway, I thought this was something you and your readers might find interesting.

Take care,
Simon

Well worth a read!

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