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And I'm Done With AP, Too

Continuing our hit parade of stupidity, Associated Press can also lick my crank.

Last year, AP started a new policy -- if you were to quote from an AP article on the Internet, if it was more than 11 words, you had to pay a license fee to them.  Please notice this included search engine results, which automatically have more than 11 words.  This also means that you get no useful information. Go ahead.  Take any story about Obama or anything in the news and select an 11 word passage at random.  Useful?  Nope.

Please notice this flies right in the face of Fair Use.

AP later revised its policy.  Now, you can only quote four words from an AP article.  5 to 25 required a special license, and more that required its own license.  According to Techdirt, AP has a calculator on its site that will let you know how much they will charge for a quote.  The very interesting folks at Boing Boing decided to license a quote by Thomas Jefferson (read that:  PUBLIC DOMAIN) about monopolies.  AP automatically calculated the license, and they paid for it.  When word got out, AP revoked the license but wouldn't admit they fucked up.

This is why I refuse to quote from AP articles or point people to AP articles.  AP is trying to save newspapers by making it too expensive to use their web presence.  But there are so many other news sources without these draconian policies, AP is just going to force itself out of business.  Good riddance.

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