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AP, Drudge Retort Excerpt Matter ‘Closed’

From a website called Paid Content:

AP Says Drudge Retort Excerpt ‘Matter’ Closed; No Official Policy Announced

By Staci D. Kramer – Thu 19 Jun 2008

Hard to believe that all of the discourse (public and private) on how the AP handled the way its material was being used by the Drudge Retort boils down to this for now—a non-response response following the usual pattern of trying to shut the door after the horses are not only out of the barn but on into the next county. Here’s the full text:

“In response to questions about the use of Associated Press content on the Drudge Retort web site, the AP was able to provide additional information to the operator of the site, Rogers Cadenhead, on Thursday. That information was aimed at enabling Mr. Cadenhead to bring the contributed content on his site into conformance with the policy he earlier set for his contributors.  Both parties consider the matter closed.

“In addition, the AP has had a constructive exchange of views this week with a number of interested parties in the blogging community about the relationship between news providers and bloggers and that dialogue will continue. The resolution of this matter illustrates that the interests of bloggers can be served while still respecting the intellectual property rights of news providers.”

Hmmm.

One wonders what exactly what information the AP provided that enabled "Mr. Cadenhead to bring the contributed content on his site into conformance with the policy he earlier set for his contributors."

Maybe he will share some day.

By the way, does the Associated Press intend to go after the Obama campaign, which allows members to post AP articles on their campaign website in their entirety?

Indeed, a Google search turns up about 10,000 instances of possible copyright infringing material from the AP:

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Maybe we should report them and collect the AP’s $1 million dollar reward.

(Thanks to Lucianne for the heads up.)

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