The copyright-trolling insanity of the Associated Press continues. After quoting bloggers Dave Zatz and Danny Sullivan, they’re now charging both bloggers for quoting themselves. As if that wasn’t ridiculous enough, blogger James Grimmelmann got the AP’s automated form to charge him for the public-domain words of Thomas Jefferson.
Seriously, AP, this is getting silly. Keep up your ignorant copyright-trolling, and savvy bloggers will just troll you right back. Never mind the argument for fair use: charging people for quoting themselves is just stupid. Charging for content you don’t own, through an automated form or otherwise, is plain and simple fraud.