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Associated Press Wants to Charge Bloggers £1 Per Quoted Word

The 162-year old news reporting group made it clear with its new guidelines that it will not tolerate lax bloggers (ed: That's 99.99 percent of the blogoshere it seems) who quote AP news articles.

The guidelines issued by AP are meant to put a stop at the misappropriation of news caused by bloggers who do not quote the news properly.

AP has decided to give out licenses based on the number of words that will be quoted but the licenses will cost money.

Every 5 - 25 words are set to be worth 12.50 dollars and in addition, if a person finds someone quoting AP without the license then that person can get 1 million dollars for reporting the lift.

AP has also introduced a limited time quoting service that is for free, in such cases a user can get a free web post by AP that will last for a month.

The new guidelines may seem feasible to AP, but it means danger for News Blogs and the bloggers in general as a result it is detrimental for AP also.

The high cost and the low time limit for the free version just means that the bloggers will not quote AP and will rather quote other sites.

Bloggers see it just as a means for AP to make more money, many see it as a means through which AP can make it illegal to criticize its news material as a person must quote the news before critiquing it.

Many websites have called for a Boycott of AP and some big names like Techcrunch, have already said that they will no longer report AP's news stories.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.