The bottom line is: The AP and iCopyright should update the service to explicitly state that it’s for commercial use of content like reprints. But bloggers should quit saying the AP charges bloggers to quote five words or whatever.

It doesn’t. Stop misleading your readers.

Further Reading:

Woot Raises a Zombie Lie From the Dead (Again): The AP does not charge bloggers to quote its stories

Relax, Bloggers. The AP Isn’t Out to Get You. Another blog storm misses.

More on the Associated Press Copyright Move. The AP is not going to go after me or you for doing what I’m about to do here, which is link to one of its stories and quote from it:

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.