The FU stands for “Fair Use.” Mostly.
After its attempt to intimidate a web site excerpting its stories was exposed and led to blogospheric calls to stop linking to Associated Press stories, the wire service now says it will decide what “fair use” means (HT Captain Ed at Hot Air).
The Arrogant Pricks at AP act as if they alone can define what constitutes “fair use.” Horse manure. Last time I checked, the AP doesn’t own the First Amendment.
As I said, “FU, AP.”
UPDATE, 10 P.M.: Great point made by a Tech Crunch commenter:
The fundamental problem with the AP is much worse: They donâ€™t link to the people who often discover the stories. Compared to that major violation of Internet ethics, the fair use stuff is minor.
By not linking, the AP is demonstrating a massive lack of principles.
If you really want to affect them though, get a bunch of bloggers not to link to papers that are members of the AP; not just AP stories.
Heaven forbid that anyone leave an AP story for a micro-second to go to a ….. blawwwwwwg!
AP has referred to work by yours truly several times without linking. The one that comes to mind immediately is the case of the resignation of Imam Ahmed Alzaree from the Islamic Center of Cleveland back in October 2007. The Arrogant Pricks’ headline read, “Blog critics force imam to resign at Ohio mosque.” It couldn’t POSSIBLY have had anything to do with what the man said and wrote. Of course, readers wouldn’t know because the Arrogant Pricks never linked back to source material from me or Patrick Poole — or even, for that matter, Cleveland Plain Dealer Wide Open blog posts I wrote at the time.
UPDATE 2, 10:30 p.m.: At the risk of overdoing the self-importance, I’m going to speculate that this BizzyBlog item, preceded by a couple of days at at Pajamas Media, along with a more comprehensive critique by Steve Boriss a few weeks earlier, might have contributed to the wire service’s current offensive.