Basically, they’re trying to bully blogs into stopping the practice of block quoting which (sorry AP) isn’t going to happen. They picked up a fight with the “Drudge Retort” which started as a Drudge Report spoof site, but now includes a lot of user-submitted content. First off, what a nasty place to pick a fight – where users submit content and moderators have a lack of control. Why not pick on some of the real offenders, who copy entire articles and operate their own blogs?
But it does go way beyond that. They’ve demanded the Retort to eliminate 7 cases of quotes from the use of 39-79 words. 39 words! Now, they’ve back tracked a bit and called that policy “heavy handed” suggesting they need to rethink it, yet they are still demanding the quotes be taken down.
On my blog, I discussed more about what’s fair practice for bloggers in terms of using newspaper content, and basically deduced 3 paragraphs in total. That’s a standard for academic papers; I fail to see why blogs should be treated any differently.