Squawk Box June 16

by alec on June 16, 2008

The Associated Press Building in New York City. (The AP moved from this building in 2004.

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Today we discussed the Associated Press‘ decision to issue “guidelines” for bloggers on what consitutes acceptable use of their stories. AP recently sent a C&D to the Drudge Retort, and then backed down.  Some blogs, like TechCrunch, have announced a boycott of AP stories until they change their position.  We talked about what AP’s bonehead stance would mean for bloggers, and their motivations for taking such an extreme position.  What next?  The NIAA (Newspaper Industry Association of America) suing children for bootleg papers?

We also talked about Olga Kharif’s story about how the iPhone will impact rivals. A year after it’s introduction, it has completely turned the mobile industry on its head, and now other manufactures and carriers who don’t have access to iphone are scrambling to compete.

On the call: Jeanette Fisher, Daemeon Welch-Abernathy, Dan York, Jim Courtney, Dave Brown, Jeb Brilliant, Ian Hood and Bill Volk.

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Counsel June 17, 2008 at 5:17 am

I have to love the "gumption" of the AP on this note. There is a wide body of law describing what is and what is not "fair use" under the Copyright Law.

I have a post on my site that describes the basic outline of what the U.S.A. government says is "fair use."

While some blogs do quote whole stories (shame on you…), many simply post quotes from the article and give a link (cite) to the information.

The former is much more likely to fail one of the 4-prongs the courts will look at when determining whether your use is "fair use" while the latter is likely to not fail that prong.

One quote from that government page

Copyright protects the particular way an author has expressed himself; it does not extend to any ideas, systems, or factual information conveyed in the work.

Educate yourselves so that we can all protect our legal rights (yours, mine, the APs…).

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