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[News] Associated Gangsters Under Fresh Attack for Intellectual Monopoly Abuse

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Stanford Takes Up Case Against AP

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| Okay, maybe not Congress just yet. But fresh on the heels of Harvard Law 
| taking it to the RIAA over the recording industry’s litigation scare tactics 
| against the nation’s universities and assumed pirate students. When the best 
| profs at Harvard Law come after you, you know you’re in big, big trouble.   
| The AP is facing similar intimidating opposition from the other coast, this 
| time from Stanford Law and San Francisco-based Durie Tangri Lemley Roberts & 
| Kent, who just filed a lawsuit against the Associated Press. The suit seeks a 
| declaration from the court that Shepard Fairey’s artistic transformation of 
| an AP photograph of Barack Obama is fair use. The suit also seeks an 
| injunction against the AP from further action against Fairey or anyone else 
| using or displaying his work—perhaps like the Smithsonian, at the moment.       


Directors Admit They 'Steal' Ideas... But Most People Recognize That As

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| Jon Lawrence points us to an article in Variety where a bunch of movie 
| directors admit that they often look to other movies for ideas to "steal" in 
| making their own movies. Of course, they don't really mean "steal."  



AP Gets It Wrong Again: Wants To Restrict Certain Reports To 500 Words

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| It's not difficult to see what's going on here. The AP is trying to be
| more "bloggy." Shorter, more attention grabbing pieces? Apparently, it's
| decided that people online only want to read the quick hits on salacious
| stories. Of course, despite what some may
| think, that's not really true.



What's Fair Use, Anyway? AP Has a Thought, and So Do I

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| Now that AP has purported to establish fair use guidelines that would make 5
| words licensable as not fair use, I thought I'd explain a bit about fair
| use and about why Groklaw no longer will link to or quote from any AP
| articles. I've seen reports that AP has backed off in some not quite
| clear-to-me way, but I notice their list of fees remains online.
| [...]
| And that is why Groklaw no longer will quote from or link to AP, and I'd ask
| you not to do so in your comments either. I can't pay $50 a pop, and I don't
| like being sued, even though I'm positive the 5 words guideline would fail. I
| think you've seen how horrible litigation really is, from watching the SCO
| saga, so do go along with this decision, please. Nothing AP has is worth this
| kind of hassle.


The Cost of Excerpting the AP

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| It's priced by the word, and using a 5- to 25-word excerpt costs $12.50 with
| a 251-word or longer excerpt costing a ridiculous $100.
| This ordeal reminds me a lot of the fight against piracy. No matter how much
| the AP tries, it will never be able to curtail the entire blogosphere, just
| as the RIAA will never be able to completely eliminate piracy. The big
| question remains: Will the AP's reputation begin to resemble that of the


Associated Press expects you to pay to license 5-word quotations (and reserves
the right to terminate your license)

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| In the name of "defin[ing] clear standards as to how much of its articles and
| broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt" the Associated Press is now
| selling "quotation licenses" that allow bloggers, journallers, and people who
| forward quotations from articles to co-workers to quote their articles. The
| licenses start at $12.50 for quotations of 5-25 words. The licensing system
| exhorts you to snitch on people who publish without paying the blood-money,
| offering up to $1 million in reward money (they also think that "fair use" --
| the right to copy without permission -- means "Contact the owner of the work
| to be sure you are covered under fair use.").

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