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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Boycotting the AP

I use the AP as a news source a lot, particularly through Yahoo! News. I think I'm going to switch to Reuters:
I'm currently engaged in a legal disagreement with the Associated Press, which claims that Drudge Retort users linking to its stories are violating its copyright and committing "'hot news' misappropriation under New York state law." An AP attorney filed six Digital Millenium Copyright Act takedown requests this week demanding the removal of blog entries and another for a user comment.
It's pretty clear AP is just using its status as a big dog to bark at poor bloggers it believes cannot afford litigation costs. Unfortunately, the onus of proof is on the blogger to prove "fair use".

Well, that's kind of bullying needs some pushback. Effective immediately, Newshoggers is boycotting AP's content, including that from other sites that syndicate their stuff. We will find other sources - Reuters usually has the same stories and syndicates our BlogBurst feed on its websites without a problem - or we simply will find a different story to blog about. We urge you to join us in boycotting these bullies.

The AP has been making noises about this for a while. They are trying to protect their position by taking a stance that does not recognize fair use. Now that they are actually going through with it, I think a boycott just might send a nice message to the Associated Press on how precarious web traffic can be, and how it important it is to their financial models in the future.