Don’t quote me: APUS$2.50 a word to bloggers

June 17, 2008

Boy, has AP picked a lousy battle­ground in the online war.

If you want to know what it regards as fair use of its mater­ial, take a look at its price menu below (and — ok — you’ll have to squint).

AP price list

Non-profits get a mod­est discount.

Now, I try to link not quote by the yard, but char­ging $12.50 for the priv­ilege of repeat­ing five (yes, 5) words is sheer mad­ness — you only have to ima­gine quot­ing a story about UN Sec­ret­ary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon’ and the meter is run­ning! Then there’s the hyphen. One word or two?

What about ‘Pres­id­ent George W. Bush’? Is the ‘W.’ a word?

Real journ­al­ism does cost money, and is worth sup­port­ing, but this really, really, really, really, really (that’s $12.50 please) is not the way to do it…