Others have said this better already, but the Associated Press is on a fool’s errand with its new program in which it aims to charge others — including some bloggers — for making what is blatantly fair use of AP stories. (See the wire’s (unintentionally hilarious) rate details.)
Issuing take-down notices to the Drudge Retort (a community driven site) is obnoxious, plain and simple. Also wrong.
Not only won’t this fly, but it’s a remarkable demonstration of how not to play well on the Web. I know some of the AP folks involved, and I have to assume they’ve been told what to do by their bosses, because they aren’t nearly this clueless.
Meanwhile I’m taking a breather from linking to AP content, at least until sensible people prevail. Good grief.