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AP has begun lowering its rates for its news articles while trying to protect its web presence. Recently, they instituted a new policy that any web article that quotes more than 15 words from an AP article has to pay for usage. This is for anything, even if the article is protected by Fair Use. Now, they are stepping up patrols of the Internet to pounce on anyone infringing on their copyrights and not paying up (they recently sued a blogger).

Well, AP should be right at home with the MPAA and the RIAA.

The world is changing, and AP is looking for artificial means to prolong its business lifespan instead of adapting. I think this is why they are lowering their rates. There is so much content on the web, people looking to boycott AP for infringing Fair Use can do so without feeling any hit whatsoever. So they try to make their prices look more attractive.

But nothing they can charge is better than free as in "freedom".

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