Last week we reported that the AP had begun confronting a blogger over copyright issues, but it appears that both sides have come to a resolution in the dispute.
The AP had demanded that the site, the Drudge Retort, remove some of the new agency’s content. In a statement, Rogers Cadenhead, owner of the site, said he is “glad” that the dispute is over but said he still believes the larger conflict over the use of AP content still remains.
An AP statement added that both sides considered the matter closed and that the agency was “having a constructive exchange with a number of interested parties in the blogging community” about the current relationship between bloggers and news providers.
The agency also added it was working on developing guidelines for it considered permissible use of content by bloggers.
“I think it would be helpful for bloggers and users of social news sites to know what the AP believes to be fair use of their copyrighted work,” said Cadenhead’s lawyer, Wade Duchene. “I hope that any guidelines that are issued are not interpreted as an agreed definition of fair use under copyright law”, he added.