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.