Does a 'Napster-style' battle over AP content loom?

The Drudge Retort administrator Rogers Cadenhead predicted that bloggers and the Associated Press (AP) are moving toward a significant legal battle over acceptable...

The Drudge Retort administrator Rogers Cadenhead predicted that bloggers and the Associated Press (AP) are moving toward a significant legal battle over acceptable use of the news service’s content by bloggers.


“If the AP’s guidelines end up like the ones they shared with me, we’re headed for a Napster-style battle on the issue of fair use,” he said on his blog.


Cadenhead added that he won’t reveal details of his discussion with the AP until it discloses its guidelines for bloggers.


AP content has been at the center of a tug of war between bloggers and the nonprofit news organization since the AP asked Cadenhead to remove some AP content from his social news site last week. The request spurred TechCrunch co-editor Michael Arrington to ban AP content from his Web site.


For its part, the AP said in a statement that it has had discussions with a number of interested parties from the blogging community. The AP considers its dispute with the Drudge Retort closed.

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