Hefty price for quoting AP news

Associated Press is an American news agency and one who is not a member needs to pay fees to use AP material. AP recently asked the owner of Drudge Retortto remove seven items that contained quotations from A.P. articles ranging from 39 to 79 words.

This page shows AP’s price for quoting. $12.50 for 5-25 words! That means you can quote only upto 4 words for free!

What about PTI news? PTI is the AP of India. One a quick scan of PTI website, I do not find any terms that talk about quoting PTI news. But it does look like you need to be a subscriber to use PTI content. Their is a subscription form and tariff details at ptinews.com

I have seen many India websites publishing verbatim copy of PTI news. I wonder how many are subscriber.

You would have seen at misual.com we publish only few lines extract, even when you paste the entire article from some other source. Please help us by extracting only the lines you think matters and do not forget to paste direct link to the article.

One Response to “Hefty price for quoting AP news”

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    Sandman Says:

    Seriously, this is going to have a deep impact on bloggers and could very well kill the very essence of freedom of speech (and discussion).

    In one way, they do make some sense. Many people simply Ctrl-C Ctrl-V their news at their sites and people stop visiting the original site because all the news related to the topic they require is in that new site. So those guys are not only stealing their customers but they are doing so with their own products.

    But putting up restrictions like this will also hurt a lot of bloggers who want to include a small quote regarding a particular news or further discuss about a particular topic. At least the last line in nytimes.com eases things up a bit.

    “We are not trying to sue bloggers,” Mr. Kennedy said. “That would be the rough equivalent of suing grandma and the kids for stealing music. That is not what we are trying to do.”

    Here is another good excerpt from AP Bloggers war

    If the AP doesn’t want bloggers quoting their stories, why make RSS feeds available?

    Touché!

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