Source : https://dofollownet.com
Associated Press, the world largest news agency, is trying to outlaw any use of its content that has not been purchased and do not even recognize "Fair Use" as defined in sections 107 through 118 of the Copyright Act.
And this time, they are not just targeting content scraping sites but all the mainstream blogs, social bookmarking sites, news forums and....search engines like Google.
Actually, Associated Press do not want to stop the use of their articles around the Web, but they want to get their part of any profit that their content may generate: when Google links to one of their articles in its search results, Adsense ads displayed on the search results pages generate profit for Google, so in AP view, it can be considered as a commercial use of their content.
This applies also to Social Bookmarking sites like Digg and to any blog or forum.
For Social Bookmarking sites, that might become an headache, as any visitor can submit scoops from a large variety of sources, and it will be difficult to check whether or not the content comes from Associated Press or any other news selling agency.
I'm pretty sure that some articles posted on Dofollownet were in fact "borrowed" from Associated Press....but if they really want a share of my Adsense revenues, they will be disappointed: they are close to zero (Tweeters are not "Serial Clickers").
To read more about the case, read:
- The AP's Desperate Attempt To Outlaw Search Engine Links
- A.P. Seeks to Rein in Sites Using Its Content