AP Threatening Legal Action

Kara Reeder

The Associated Press is threatening legal action against online news aggregators that use its content and that of member newspapers without permission.


According to InformationWeek, the news cooperative says it will take legal and legislative actions against unlicensed sites, but will work with Web portals and other partners who properly license content. The AP says the initiative is not meant to stop sites like Google and Yahoo, who have been issued licenses, from using content, but rather to make sure members are compensated for their work.

The AP plans to create a system to track content distributed online, as well as develop its own search engine to point users to sources of breaking news.

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