Hey, I link to everything I quote of theirs. If they do something like this, they won't see any money from me. I will though paraphrase them if they get nasty with people and start suing.
They are even talking about how the titles of their articles are copyright protected. That wouldn't stand up in court. How could anyone cite the work without the title? That's just intimidation by the AP.
Anyway, much of what I quote is for purposes of pointing out the governmental propaganda and shoddy, one-sided reporting. That's probably what they want to shut down.
You know, if they keep it up, they'll just be shooting themselves in the foot. All the links drive traffic to their sites so people can read the full articles. All the links also drive the AP sites to the top of the search results too.
It's up to them though and the constitutional lawyers. I'm writing from a purely religious critique standpoint. That's supposed to be protected speech.
Associated Press expects you to pay to license 5-word quotations (and reserves the right to terminate your license)
Posted by Cory Doctorow, June 17, 2008 4:55 AM
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.
Welcome to a world in which you won't be able to effectively criticize the press, because you'll be required to pay to quote as few as five words from what they publish.
The people pushing for this stuff are not well-meaning, and they are not interested in making life better for artists, writers, or any other kind of individual creators. They are would-be aristocrats who fully intend to return us to a society of orders and classes, and they're using so-called "intellectual property" law as a tool with which to do it. Whether or not you have ever personally taped a TV show or written a blog post, if you think you're going to wind up on top in the sort of world these people are working to build, you are out of your mind.