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According to Ars Technica, the Associated Press is creating a program to let it track where people are infringing its content. Ars asked would a single paragraph be theft.

"Not at all," [AP news editor Ted] Bridis replied. "I don't think AP would have any problem with that."


What if the entirety of the story is a single paragraph such as this one?

How far the Dow Jones industrial average has fallen or advanced each trading day since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sept. 15. Since Lehman's fall, which touched off a paralysis of the credit markets and deepened the recession, the stock market has gone through an extended period of volatility that subsided during December but that has returned in 2009.


Followed by a table of historical DJIA closes. That is the entire story.

Note, that on the few occasions I linked to an AP story, I don't post the whole thing, despite the fact that AP stories disappear off the internet rapidly. They generally expire after two weeks. Which is reason why I don't typically link to them. Though that is probably why others quote them in its entirety.