Well, this is really odd. And rather alarming.
The Associated Press has sued Drudge for quoting their headline and a few sentences of a story on a blog. Which, frankly, all of us do all the time. And I’m doing here:
Last week, The A.P. took an unusually strict position against quotation of its work, sending a letter to the Drudge Retort asking it to remove seven items that contained quotations from A.P. articles ranging from 39 to 79 words….Mr. Kennedy said that the organization has not withdrawn its request that Drudge Retort remove the seven items. And he said that he still believes that it is more appropriate for blogs to use short summaries of A.P. articles rather than direct quotations, even short ones.
“Cutting and pasting a lot of content into a blog is not what we want to see,” he said. “It is more consistent with the spirit of the Internet to link to content so people can read the whole thing in context.”
The Washington Post TechCrunch has just decided they won’t use AP stories:
So here’s our new policy on A.P. stories: they don’t exist. We don’t see them, we don’t quote them, we don’t link to them. They’re banned until they abandon this new strategy, and I encourage others to do the same until they back down from these ridiculous attempts to stop the spread of information around the Internet.
I’m with the Post. No AP stories until this is resolved.
EDITED TO ADD: Wow. Check out the charges AP is asking for per/word quotes. Via BoingBoing.