For a while now, the AP has had been fighting this insane war against bloggers who quote and use snippets of their articles in blog posts. About a year or so ago the AP decided they would try to charge bloggers and other sites $2.50 cents per word and threatened to sue anyone who did not comply with their dumb “copyright” scheme. The latest bright idea down at Dinosaurs ‘R Us is to try to create a copyrighted search engine like system for copyrighted works in order to some how track what is out there.

The AP, which has been facing subscription cancellation threats from a number of struggling US newspapers, also announced it will significantly cut the rates its charges newspapers for its news services.

The moves were unveiled at the AP annual meeting in San Diego, California, and in a press release by the New York-based news agency, a cooperative owned by more than 1,400 US newspapers.

In a crackdown on Web piracy, the AP board of directors said they were launching a “newspaper industry initiative to protect news content from misappropriation online.”

“We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories,” AP chairman Dean Singleton said.

The AP statement said the news agency would work with Internet portals and other partners who legally license content “and would pursue legal and legislative actions against those who don?t.”

Of course, the “misguided legal theory” is a little thing called Fair Use. It appears that the AP is going to try and follow in the footsteps of the RIAA and MPAA and sue all of their would-be customers out of existence. It never occurs to the AP that every time a blog links to them they are driving more traffic to AP sites. It never occurs to the AP that there is probably a better business model then they one they are trying to protect. The world is changing and but the AP is going to try to force everyone to use their broken model until they realize. Good luck dinosaurs, but don’t let the door hit you in the arse when you go through the same door the Seattle PI and (soon) the NY Times went through.

More. Faster.