Google, AP settle feud

Google and the Associated Press
have resolved an impasse over extending their licensing deal, paving the way
for AP content to start flooding Google News once again.

A hosting deal that allowed Google
News to carry AP news stories on Google web pages expired earlier this year,
and it took almost six months to move beyond a temporary deal to something that
appears more permanent, according to a post on the Google News blog.

Google and the AP had agreed in
February to keep older AP content on Google’s site, but Google stopped adding
new content in January, until an extension of their deal could be finalized.

“We’ve extended our existing
licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its
content on Google properties such as Google News. We look forward to future
collaborations, including on ways Google and AP can work together to create a
better user experience and new revenue opportunities,” Google said on its
blog.

Google and the AP have sparred over
the future of news distribution on the Internet, with the AP accusing Google
several times of ripping off its content. Still, they both need each other: the
AP needs to be read, and Google needs to give people content to read. No
details regarding the length of the new deal were provided.

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