In a move that’s bound to be just as popular as New Coke, the Associated Press may be charging bloggers (and anyone else) $12.50 for quoting five words from an AP article. The venerable Eric McErlain tweeted about Kirk LaPointe’s blog post, and LaPointe mentioned the Mashable.com post with more information. From Mashable:
The process goes like this: you copy and paste the excerpt or
article you want to reprint. Next you pick your price, ranging from
$12.50 for five words to $100 for 251 words or more. Here’s the price
list, if you are not an educational or non-profit organization (they
get a discount):
Not surprisingly, a backlash against the AP has already sprung up. UnAssociatedPress.net has a petition to sign and more detail about the AP’s controversial decision.
What does this mean for bloggers? For starters, it may be best to find other sources and stay away from linking to or using AP articles in posts, but be alert- who knows if other media outlets will attempt these same shenanigans? For the sake of new media, let’s hope not.