Apple Gazette Daily 289 – Japan not interested in iPhone, MacYenta, and At&t iPhone upgrade conditions

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  1. You really might want to do a little digging before you denounce the AP in your podcast. It would seem that the AP’s original complaint was that the “Drudge Retort” was copying entire AP articles without payment: http://www.mediabloggers.org/robert-cox/backstory-on-ap-drudge-retort-issue

    As so often happens, a small blogger tries to spin their problems as “Big Corporation is picking on little ol’ me!” when the truth is quite different.

    Also, could you PLEASE stop whining about iPhone pricing? Every cell phone in America is sold at two prices; one for customers signing a new contract and one for everyone else. Why should the iPhone be magically different?

  2. Michael says:

    @Mike Heinz

    Whatever the AP’s original complaint was is completely beside the point based on what they have decided to do about the problem. Going after the Drudge Report for copying entire articles is one thing – threatening to sue bloggers over using a handful of words (which is exactly what they have threatened to do) is another.

    What the Associated press is doing is suing bloggers who quote more than 4 words from one of their articles. That is completely absurd. Copyright law in the United States allows for FAIR USE. Obviously, copying an entire article would not be “fair use” – that means the AP already had a legal leg to stand on and could have easily just sued The Drudge Report on that basis.

    Instead they have decided to file lawsuits against any bloggers LINKING to their stories and assisting them in bringing traffic to their work through FAIR USE quotation.

    Why don’t you do a little research telling me I don’t know what I’m talking about based on a article from a group that claims to be “negotiating” for all of blogging – who just happens to also have business ties to the Associated Press?

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/06/18/something-is-rotten-in-denmark-the-ap-nytimes-and-mba-love-triangle/

    And in regards to your iPhone pricing comment – the iPhone shouldn’t be “magically different” but the fact that the phone is going to cost more than one price for certain customers should be “magically disclosed” on the Apple website. The previous iPhone was not handled in the same way, and customers who don’t listen to At&t financial calls, and don’t spend their free time reading up on the At&t plan details on blogs should be made fully aware that the $199 is only with approved credit or if you have a plan that allows for an upgrade.

  3. “Going after the Drudge Report for copying entire articles is one thing – threatening to sue bloggers over using a handful of words (which is exactly what they have threatened to do)”

    Mike, you’re going to have to provide a citation for that – because I’ve seen no evidence at all that they have done this, just a lot of blather on blogs repeating things they heard from each other.

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