StraightUpSocial News Links for 6/16/2008

The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs

Saul Hansell at The New York Times has the details on a decision made by the Associated Press to set clear copyright standards for its news stories and broadcasts. The decision will likely have the greatest effect on bloggers who frequently quote A.P. articles.

Here’s Our New Policy On A.P. stories: They’re Banned

Michael Arrington at TechCrunch responds to the A.P.’s decision by pointing out, “The A.P. doesn’t get to make it’s own rules around how its content is used, if those rules are stricter than the law allows.” Arrington also announces that A.P. stories are banned from TechCrunch and he encourages other bloggers to follow suit.

Why Blogs Win

Nick O’Neill at Social Times shares his recent experiences at the Blog Potomac in Washington D.C., specifically focusing on how large news media companies are recognizing the need to adapt to the flexibility of smaller, efficient news blogging teams.