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18 June 2008 @ 08:35 am
Fair Use: Four Words Or Less, Says AP  
An example of how each decay of the fair use doctrine becomes the baseline for further incursions:


Associated Press expects you to pay to license 5-word quotations (and reserves the right to terminate your license)
In the name of "defin[ing] clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt" the Associated Press is now selling "quotation licenses" that allow bloggers, journallers, and people who forward quotations from articles to co-workers to quote their articles. The licenses start at $12.50 for quotations of 5-25 words...
It gets better! If you pay to quote the AP, but you offend the AP in so doing, the AP "reserves the right to terminate this Agreement at any time if Publisher or its agents finds Your use of the licensed Content to be offensive and/or damaging to Publisher's reputation."...


Personally, I've got two words for them, which I can offer free of charge (since singingpatient doesn't actually own the copyright on the first one).
 
 
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Monica: demons-of-stupiditycellio on June 18th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
I hope the AP gets laughed out of court -- and, more importantly, fined -- the first time they try to go after someone.

And meanwhile, yeah... two words.
hms42 on June 18th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Agreed on your two words.

I have a song recording that if I ever want to put it onto a CD, its 3 HFA payments (assuming they cover it) to put it on there. Verses from 3 different songs were lifted into one song.
Jim: hulkpoltr1 on June 18th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'll see your two words and raise them by two.

The AP can FOAD as far as I'm concerned.
madfilkentist: Carl2madfilkentist on June 18th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
The AP "reserves the right to terminate this Agreement at any time if Publisher or its agents finds Your use of the licensed Content to be offensive and/or damaging to Publisher's reputation."

That's 31 words. Please remit $1,000,017.50 for quoting them and for damages for using the quote to demonstrate that they're scumbag assholes.
Selkiselki on June 20th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Good golly! I'd seen something about the AP making claims but had NO idea they were so over the top.