The Associated Press is threatening to stop uses like this. That’s right, the AP is convinced that the key to survival is to stop people from linking to its stories. This despite the fact that, as the linked to article points out, links drive traffic to sites, they don’t keep traffic away:
But executives at some news organizations have called the ire at the search engines misguided, noting that much of their own Web traffic arrives through links on search pages.
AP isn’t after piddling blogs like mine, of course, its real target is Google and other news aggregators who are making a profit from what AP sees as its intellectual property. But it’d be a shame to see the effort succeed because in going after Google, the company’s sledge hammer is far more likely to fall on blogs.