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Hey, AP, Sue This!

Well, the Associated Press has decided to bite the hand it feeds. It has declared that, in contravention of lengthy legal rulings on copyright, it can charge bloggers who excerpt as few as five words from its news stories. And if they don't pay up, they can sue them.

This is beyond stupid. The excerpts are almost always accompanied by links to the original article -- which almost always have AP-benefiting advertisements on the page.

But there's no law against being stupid and self-destructive, so the AP has the right to try to push this policy.

And I have the right to make sport of it in my own inimitable way.

I'm going to pick ten AP stories at random, and excerpt exactly five words from each. Further, I'm not going to link to the original story. And I might not even excerpt the words in order.

Also, just for fun, I'm going to make one up entirely.

If they want to sue me over this, Kevin can cheerfully give them my name, address, and phone number.

  1. "were... over... that... in... off."
  2. "the... what... to... an... in"
  3. "in... in... in... in... in" (order deliberately rearranged to obscure source)
  4. "with... with... with... with... with" (again, order deliberately rearranged to obscure source)
  5. "while... as... about... just... ticked"
  6. "extension... long... strip... research... sustain" (this one is almost obscene. It reads like certain spams I get.)
  7. "promising... e-mailed... prize... millions... donations" (another story that sounds suspiciously like some spams we all get.)
  8. "foot... pursue... hit... car... misdemeanor"
  9. "searching... around... a... few... companies"
  10. "top... cop... stop... chop... shop"
  11. "range... soaring... high... far... increasing"

Readers are invited to guess which is not a genuine excerpt from an AP story in the comments. Hell, I might even scrape up a prize to the first one to get it right.

Contributors to Wizbang and their immediate families are not eligible. (You've already been offered one of the prize items, and most of you refused it. Bill, yours will be on its way in a day or so, promise.) And, for that matter, employees of the AP and their immediate families are not eligible, either, just because you work for an asshole organization.


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Comments (13)

Jay Tea: You missed this on... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea: You missed this one!

Maybe here: <a href="http:/... (Below threshold)

Maybe here: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hj7bLU_VVjrxBnHiIQbBEZqK4FhAD91BDK5G0

Democrats to keep jobless benefits in Iraq bill

...hurts! ww... (Below threshold)

...hurts! ww

<a href="http://www.cnn.com... (Below threshold)
Dan Irving:



This is like a cool new sport - Spot the AP article in 5 words or less!

I'm guessing it is #10, for... (Below threshold)

I'm guessing it is #10, for what it's worth.

worst...post...ever... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:


Damn, Dan, you nailed it. I... (Below threshold)

Damn, Dan, you nailed it. I was hoping that the words I chose would make folks think it was about a car chase, but it didn't fool you.

And yeah, Conservachef, that's the fake one. I tried to find one where I could play the rhyme game, then said "screw it" and made one up. "Top cop" and "chop shop" are often used in police stories, and "stop" seemed a logical one to stick in there as well.

You want a copy of Mary Mapes' book as a reward? I still got a bunch I bought from a dollar store. Just e-mail me the shipping address (no PO boxes) at jaytea (at) wizbangblog (dot) com and I'll send it off.


Here's a better contest:</p... (Below threshold)

Here's a better contest:

1) Find an AP article with all of #10's words in it.

2) Find an AP article with all of the words in this comment in it.

3) Post both WITH links in a blog (maybe in the comment section of Kos).

How about finding an AP art... (Below threshold)

How about finding an AP article with no... it...political...attached...agenda... to.

Jay Tea,Thanks for... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea,

Thanks for the offer! I appreciate it, but I have to admit that I wouldn't have time to read it, and I'd hate for you to spend the money shipping it to me.

I have to wonder, will the AP excerpt-police stick to blog entries, or will their searches include comment posts? You could really do some damage if they include comments- drive-by-trolling could become much more expensive!

Does this mean that AP is t... (Below threshold)
Dave A.:

Does this mean that AP is tacitly agreeing to reciprocate and send money to bloggers if they excerpt even 5 words from a blog site?

Seems they could properly b... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Seems they could properly be known by just the first six letters of their name, the whole "ociated Press" part could be recycled and used for other things.

Really bloggers need to PAY... (Below threshold)

Really bloggers need to PAY!? For AP garbage?! REALLY?!!

I think I am in the category of just some schmuck commenter..so if the AP likes apples----
I hope they like THESE apples!!!

House votes to provide $162 billion in war funding

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A long-delayed Iraq war funding bill sailed through the House on Thursday, along with historic increases in college aid for returning troops and help for the unemployed and Midwestern flood victims.

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Sens. John Edwards and Sam Nunn are on a list of potential running mates for Democrat Barack Obama, a congresswoman said Thursday, one day after she met with the team Obama has reviewing possible candidates

Any problems...put it on my tab............






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