I don’t know if the Associated Press ban on snips from articles will affect the reports here, but I’ll probably adopt the Washington Post’s position.
Here’s Our New Policy On A.P. stories: They’re Banned, 16 June 2008, Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
The stories over the weekend were bad enough- the Associated Press, with a long history of suing over quotations from their articles, went after Drudge Retort for having the audacity to link to their stories along with short quotations via reader submissions. Drudge Retort is doing nothing different than what Digg, TechMeme, Mixx and dozens of other sites do, and frankly the fact that they are being linked to should be considered a favor.
I wonder if they’re going to take on Google’s “cache” as well?
So here’s our new policy on A.P. stories: they don’t exist. We don’t see them, we don’t quote them, we don’t link to them. They’re banned until they abandon this new strategy, and I encourage others to do the same until they back down from these ridiculous attempts to stop the spread of information around the Internet.
This will be one more thing to check for on the provenance of articles.
Hat tip to Susan at TAFFIE