Just when you thought old media was starting to understand the value of opening-up their content for all to see, The Associated Press shows what a big dumbass it is.
Rich Ord is reporting that AP is suing news aggregator Moreover (owned by
Viacom Verisign) for copyright infringement. The basis of the suit is to prevent the company from linking to AP stories.
Wait, let that sink in for a minute…
Think about it…
There you go!
Yep, if the court agrees with AP, bloggers and other news sites would no longer be able to link to an AP story–maybe ANY story–without permission.
Here’s how Ord interprets AP’s claims…
It makes you think that if fair use is narrowed to this extent, no article could quote another article. Or perhaps the AP lawyers would agree that you could quote another article as long as you don’t link to that article; thus, a kind of backwards SEO.
The heart of the complaint by AP is their contention that you can’t operate a news aggregation site like Moreover (or Google News, Topix, Drudge, WebProWire, Digg and Techmeme) as a commercial venture. Unless you have an agreement with AP to carry their stories, apparently, you can’t link to them.
Still, if AP wins, then I’m sure Google will be happy. After all, they really hate it when you link to someone these days.
P.S. We didn’t get permission to use the AP logo–bring it on AP!