You might want to avoid using the Associated Press as a source for discussion.
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.
The Retort is a community site comparable in function to Digg, Reddit and Mixx. The 8,500 users of the site contribute blog entries of their own authorship and links to interesting news articles on the web, which appear immediately on the site. None of the six entries challenged by AP, which include two that I posted myself, contains the full text of an AP story or anything close to it. They reproduce short excerpts of the articles — ranging in length from 33 to 79 words — and five of the six have a user-created headline.
That's pretty much the definition of "fair use" under pre-DMCA federal copyright law, which doctrine I believe is still alive and well after the DMCA. If that's the way the AP wants to play, fine. It's an anticompetitive wannabe monopoly anyway, almost a cartel, and many of its reporters are piss poor journalists.
I'll make every effort to find competing writeups from a non-AP source for any news article I discuss here, and hope others do as well. If enough people do, the AP can watch its importance on the web fade just as the New York Times did when it walled off its columnists in the failed Times Select program.
Via American Street