As a blogger, I rely on other sources of information beyond myself. I link to others, and if I quote someone, I properly attribute it — making it clear it’s a quotation and clearing stating where I got it.
For the Associated Press, this isn’t good enough. Nope. They don’t even want LINKS from bloggers to their stories. Forget about quotes. (Hat tip for this information: Susan Gunelius at Marketing Blurb.)
And they’ve begun suing, most notably over at the Drudge Retort. Most of us bloggers, of course, don’t have deep enough pockets to fight the likes of the AP.
So I say we oblige. Bloggers are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Instead of sending traffic to the Associated Press, let’s send it elsewhere.
Internet ad revenue is based on traffic, and what happens if the AP doesn’t get as much traffic? Right. Their revenue drops.
But I’m sure that the Associated Press can keep making money from newspapers that pay to use their wires. After all, newspapers represent the main source of information in the future, right?