Copyright Infringement Alleged by the Associated Press

The Associated Press filed seven takedown requests under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act on June 10, 2008, for six user blog entries and one user comment published on the Drudge Retort. To help explain what's at issue here, I've provided this summary.

Takedown Request #1

The following user comment published at link:

Well, the oil execs just put another refinery in South Dakota. Maybe they're a bunch of retards.

www.foxnews.com

Hyperion has said the project, about 60 miles south of Sioux Falls, would create 1,800 permanent jobs and another 4,500 construction jobs over a four-year period. Construction could begin in 2010.

The Hyperion Energy Center would process 400,000 barrels of thick Canadian crude oil a day, which company executives say would help the U.S. reduce its dependence on overseas oil. The company has said it will bring in the crude oil by pipeline but has announced no specific plans for that transportation link.

Alleged Infringement: The last two paragraphs of the user's comment contain 83 words from the AP story published by Fox News that's linked in the comment.

Takedown Request #2

The following user blog entry published at link:

Headline: Boxer Pushes for Climate Bill

Link: http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~r/usatoday-NewsTopStories/~3/301905412/2008-05-31-boxer-green_N.htm

The Democratic head of the Senate's environment committee tried Saturday to drum up support for legislation to deal with "one of the most important issues of our time," global warming. "There are some in the Senate who insist that global warming is nothing more than science fiction," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. "The fact is that the overwhelming majority of scientists say that the earth is in peril if we don't act now."

Alleged Infringement: The user's blog entry links to an AP story published by USA Today using 79 words from the story and a user-written headline.

Takedown Request #3

The following user blog entry published at link:

Headline: Clinton Expects Race to End Next Week

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080530/ap_on_el_pr/clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she expects her marathon Democratic race against Barack Obama to be resolved next week, as superdelegates decide who is the stronger candidate in the fall. "I think that after the final primaries, people are going to start making up their minds," she said. "I think that is the natural progression that one would expect."

Alleged Infringement: The user's blog entry links to an AP story published by Yahoo News using 18 words from the story, a 32-word quote by Hillary Clinton from the story and a user-written headline.

Takedown Request #4

The following user blog entry published at link:

Headline: Home Prices Fall at Record Rate

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080527/ap_on_bi_ge/home_prices

A closely watched housing index shows U.S. home prices dropped at the sharpest rate in two decades during the first quarter. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller said Tuesday its U.S. National Home Price index fell 14.1 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, the lowest since its inception in 1988.

Alleged Infringement: The user's blog entry links to an AP story published by Yahoo News using 49 words from the story and a user-written headline.

Takedown Request #5

The following user blog entry published at link:

Headline: McCain Rejects Pastor's Endorsement

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-ap-mccain-pastor,0,5262768.story

Republican John McCain has rejected the endorsement of an influential Texas televangelist criticized for his anti-Catholic views.

John Hagee, the Texas preacher, withdrew his endorsement at the same time.

McCain issued a statement after audio surfaced in which Hagee said God sent Adolf Hitler to help Jews reach the promised land.

Alleged Infringement: The user's blog entry links to an AP story published by Chicago Tribune using 51 words from the story and the AP headline.

Takedown Request #6

The following user blog entry published at link:

Headline: Bush: Current Wars Are Like WW II

Link: http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~r/UsatodaycomWashington-TopStories/~3/299766001/2008-05-28-bush_N.htm

President Bush, linking the wars of his tenure to the deadliest one in history, is asking the country to commit anew to postwar rebuilding. In an address for Wednesday to more than 1,000 graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Bush frames their futures by drawing back to the World War II generation. "America has assumed this obligation before," Bush said in prepared remarks released by the White House. "After World War II we helped Germany and Japan build free societies and strong economies. These efforts took time and patience, and as a result Germany and Japan grew in freedom and prosperity and are now allies of the United States."

Alleged Infringement: The user's blog entry links to an AP story published by USA Today using 53 words from the story, a 47-word quote by President Bush from the story, 10 words describing that quote, and a user-written headline.

Takedown Request #7

The following user blog entry published at link:

Headline: Honda Introduces Four New Hybrids

Link: http://feeds.chron.com/~r/houstonchronicle/topheadlines/~3/294742560/5793463.html

Honda will sell a new, improved and affordable gas-electric hybrid in the U.S., Japan and Europe starting in early 2009, underlining the Japanese automaker's commitment to "green" technology, the company president said today.

Alleged Infringement: The user's blog entry links to an AP story published by the Houston Chronicle using 33 words from the story and a user-written headline.