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Associated Press Defines Fair Use?

I don’t think so.

While browsing Dark Skies Blog, I came across this post. The subject matter of the post didn’t interest me as much as the closing remark:

Since this is an AP Poll and since AP charges by the word for excerpting or reprinting their news copy, I will provide only a LINK.

I posted a few comments addressing this, but they have since disappeared. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions; I’ll wait to hear from Dark Skies on that. In the mean time, I’ll just assume it’s some sort of technical glitch.

But that’s not why I’m writing this post. As I mentioned at Dark Skies Blog, I don’t believe that A.P. has the authority to define Fair Use or copyright infringement to suit their personal interests, absent a court ruling.

Mike found this for me through a quick Google search:

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Virtual Bitchslap

Following my post, Love You Long Time?, I would like to discuss another post from Jessica’s Blog, formerly Jessica Hope Leahy’s Blog. This time Jessica takes shot after shot at people who begin and/or continue relationships online. She also makes a special point of reminding her readers that she is what society deems attractive, also suggesting that people who “look for love” on the internet are probably unattractive and desperate.

Now, Jess may throw a tantrum and whine about being picked on like she did after my first post about her, but I couldn’t care less. All her self-infantalizing whimpering about I’m just a kid…, pick on somebody your own size…, stop making fun of me…, it’s just a romance blog… gah!… are nothing more than childish cop outs, transparent attempts to avoid taking responsibility for her own words.

Well, Jess, I have news for you: some people are going to take issue with the things you carelessly slap on your blog to meet a deadline. When those people speak up as a matter of principle or conviction, you don’t get a pass just because you’re carrying a heavy workload. Other people are busy and value their time as well; many of those same people are willing to make time for causes that are meaningful to them. And they often do so without receiving any form of compensation – not even college credit.

It’s called having principles, which brings me to the reason for this post: I am a firm believer that consenting adults should engage in any kind of relationship that makes them happy. I further believe that those relationships should not become a target for ridicule; not even if some self-centered journalism student has a deadline to meet and can’t think of anything else to blog about. So, as a matter of principle and conviction, I will now address Virtual Lovin…, by Jessica Hope Leahy:

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Love You Long Time?

I don’t usually critique other blogs here at Rambling On, but I recently came across one that is so simultaneously hilarious and disturbing that I feel I must share. The fact that its author will not allow me to comment there was definitely a deciding factor in my decision to write about it here. As anyone who knows me can testify, I am not one to go quietly.

Before I get to the deleted comment that prompted this post, I would like to address a few things that I probably would have let slide if Jessica Hope Leahy had been honest and open-minded enough to discuss my comment rather than deleting it like a narrow-minded coward.

The title of the blog is Jessica Hope Leahy’s Blog. The following is a quote from her About page:

Side effects of visiting this blog include, an open mind( Oh No!), nausea and vomiting, and a sense of humor.

[emphasis mine]

Apparently the author didn’t experience all the same “side effects” that she expects her readers to.

Jessica is a journalism student who will be graduating soon, and her blog is part of an assignment to that end. I find this disturbing in more ways than one, but I will begin where the author did – with the URL:

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