Blogging the News

Photo: Tonie AuerBy Tonie Auer
DFW Chapter President and National Blog Chairwoman

As a blog that often refers to other websites, news stories and the like, ASBPE's national blog contributors have been taking note of the story regarding how the Associated Press has responded to links and usage of its stories. I have had relatively heated discussions (even if the heated part is only on my part) regarding using these links and stories in our posts. One side says there is a legal issue to contend with. The other side feels that giving attribution and credit should cover our proverbial backsides.

But, with the AP's take on things, it looks like it could go both ways. I'm curious how other blogs are handling this issued - if at all. Are we right to be a little nervous about fair usage?

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I think AP will probably back off once they realize fewer people are linking to them because of their stance.

Martha Spizziri
ASBPE Web Editor
Vice President
ASBPE Boston/New England chapter
# posted by Blogger Martha Spizziri : July 1, 2008 at 11:53 AM
I certainly hope so. I really think that AP is getting more traffic as a result of the use on blogs. I also think that most of us bloggers aren't stealing from them, so much, as re-directing our traffic to them. *shrug* But, then again, just like everything else in the world, there are bad apples.
# posted by Blogger Tonie Auer : July 17, 2008 at 9:56 AM
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