The AP has proposed that bloggers, and for that matter anyone else posting material on the 'net, need to pay for excessive quotation... for some value of excessive. Starting at five words. What part of "fair use" and "merger of content and expression" do they not understand? Well, that might be overstating things; I'm sure that the AP understands the distinction... it just figures that it's big enough to enforce its own view of what is appropriate. This should sound a great deal like the problem of "agency capture" I mentioned in yesterday's miscellany.
In any event, you may have noticed that I seldom quote from or link to AP material here anyway. Some of that is just differing viewpoints and focus; some of it is my disdain for most AP reports, particularly those not signed by an individual journalist. That disdain is not just for the poor quality of reporting not to mention writing (paragraphs are not intended to consist of a single sentence) but to the unaccountability and the inappropriate/unfair use of a superior bargaining position to screw the actual reporters... and provide those reporters very little incentive to get things right, to dig beneath the surface, to actually think about implications. So, in any event, you can expect to find even fewer acknowledgements of the AP's existence here in the future.