Heh Lockergnome Bloggers – Let Us Support The AP Ban

Over at TechCrunch they have started a campaign to stop using AP stories in our blogs. It seems that the Associated Press does not want any of their stories quoted and are making threats about suing those that do. It also appears that they want to have their own policies in place for us bloggers to follow and that fair use is not in their vocabulary.

Well I don’t know about you, but what AP is trying to do is nothing less than censorship. The last time I checked the United States of America had a Constitution in place that protects Freedom Of The Press. In fact the 1st Amendment to the Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

If Congress can not make any law prohibiting freedom of the press, than how can the Associated Press? We are a free society and no private entity has the right to place its own will on the people. We bloggers have a perfect right to quote news sources, as long as we give credit as to where the information came.

Therefore I am asking all Lockergnome Bloggers to join in the ban as proposed by TechCrunch and not use ANY Associated Press stories nor quote them in your articles.

Comments welcome.

Constitution Source.

TechCrunch Source.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/theoracle/ the oracle

    It’s like the Reagan era all over again. If more strides had been made by now in technology, I’m sure that this administration would have deployed the thought police.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    ‘I’m sure that this administration would have deployed the thought police’

    This administration would need to have a brain, in order to have a thought ! :-).

  • leftystrat

    Technicality: Freedom of speech applies only to the gov’t passing laws. It is not an issue with a business or other entity.

    In keeping with my cynical bent, to be honest, we are NOT potential targets for suits. No deep pockets here, hence we’re not lawsuit material. Nothing to gain but bad publicity. And it’s not like bloggers are going to disappear.

    What are they so upset about anyway? We quote sources and we’re not exactly raking in the cash (stealing income from them).

    Oh well…. it bears investigation.

  • george

    Ah, I see, at first I was confused. but now I understand, you want us not to use AP quotes because it will hurt them in the long run? (or something?… no, im still confused…)

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi leftystrat,
    I realize that the law applies only to Congress passing laws. But my point is if Congress is barred from barring freedom of the press, so should AP who wants to impose their own rules. :-)

    I hope you are correct about us small bloggers not getting sued. But if I recall correctly the RIAA sued some kids who’s parents had to pay the thousands in fines.

    I don’ want to bet my home on AP not doing the same thing.

    Just another thought.

    Hello george,
    That in theory is what the ban would try to do. The thinking is that bloggers who use AP sources are actually helping spread the AP stories. By not doing that could hurt them.

    Thanks for the comments, Ron