I just learned about a currently developing online drama. Associated Press (AP) decided that they are going to charge bloggers and anyone who cites their content. The tariff is $2.5 a word or $12.5 for five words. Now, as I understand it, if I post here a title of AP’s article with a link to it, I will have to pay, and if i cite anything from their article and provide a link to it, i will still have to pay.
AP are explaning this move in copyright terms and are apparently threatening to sue some bloggers. Frankly, I am finding it really difficult to follow their logic. If they don’t want people to cite and link to their content, why are they making it available online? Either I am missing some huge point here, or peole at AP don’t understand the “rules of the game” they are into.