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June 17, 2008

PATTERICO ON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:

Now, in a slightly ironic twist, the AP is taking content from a blog site. Namely, mine.

In a news item about the e-mail from Judge Kozinski’s wife that I posted on this site, an AP article lifted numerous passages.

I counted 154 words quoted from my post. That’s almost twice the number of words contained in the most extensive quotation in the Drudge Retort.

Yes, but they're news professionals, so they shouldn't have to pay for content. That's for everybody else. . . .

UPDATE: Bill Hobbs comments: "Patterico catches the Associated Press doing what the AP threatened to sue bloggers for doing. . . . By the time this fight is over, the AP may well be offering to pay bloggers to link to AP stories." Well, possibly. More likely, they'll fold their tents quietly.

ANOTHER UPDATE: In response to Orin Kerr, those words certainly belonged to someone, that someone wasn't the AP, and the AP nonetheless used them without permission. If that use is okay, then . . . .

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