June 18th, 2008

Ansom (WTF), Ansom (Thunderstruck)

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).