July 8th, 2010

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AP Asked To Live Up To Own Licensing Agreement; AP Declines

Some time back, the AP started telling bloggers that if they wanted to quote AP stories, they needed to pay for a license. When the site w00T! got acquired by Amazon, the folks at w00t sent out a press release, which AP ran as a story with a short quote from w00t's president saying he was "very excited."

So w00t sent the AP a bill based on the AP's price scale: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/07/06/w00t-sends-associate.html

AP responded that "we do real reporting, unlike those blogger scum." http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/06/ap-woot-oil-spill/
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DOMA Decisions

And then there are the days I feel like I am the only person in the world who cares about process or precedent.

I can at least buy Equal Protection, but a 10th Amendment violation? What a sorry excuse to apply rational basis scrutiny without having the guts to come out and say it.

More to the point, the 10th Amendment rationale makes an appeal an outright necessity from a federal perspective. Under this theory, any federal rule that violates an intrinsic aspect of state sovereignty -- which is ANYTHING -- potentially violates the Tenth Amendment.