Last week, the Associated Press filed a lawsuit against a popular blog and social website, the Drudge Retort, citing several entries on the blog that referenced Associated Press articles and claiming those articles violated fair use rules. Many of the entries in question contained fewer than 30 words sourced from the original Associated Press articles (one included just 8 words).
Today, the New York Times reports that the Associated Press has backpedaled a bit stating they were heavy-handed in their initial threats to the Drudge Retort, but the Associated Press is working to create a specific policy that will tell bloggers how and when they can link to and refer to Associated Press articles.
This incident serves as a warning to bloggers to remember to cite sources, provide attribution and follow copyright and fair use laws. The following article will help you navigate some of these rules and regulations: Copyright and Fair Use Considerations.