Msg#: 3473106 posted 8:29 pm on Oct 9, 2007 (gmt 0)
The Associated Press said today that it is suing online news distributor Moreover and its parent company VeriSign. The news cooperative is seeking to stop the companies from accessing and publishing AP material and infringing on copyrights and trademarks.
Moreover claims that AP is a source for its major news coverage, according to AP. "This suit is about two companies that are willfully misappropriating and infringing upon AP's proprietary news reports on a continuous basis, and are falsely associating themselves with AP, to operate and promote their fee-based and ad-supported services, which they promise will deliver real-time news in as fast as two minutes of publication," Srinandan Kasi, AP vice president and general counsel, said in a statement.
Msg#: 3473106 posted 1:57 pm on Oct 10, 2007 (gmt 0)
Finally, AP is getting serious. The outfit is focused on getting out the news. The board, made up of other news organizations, has not focused on making money. AP's CEO is a news guy, not a money guy.
Once, member newspapers got the online feeds for next to free. Free, as we have learned with the web, can work with ads but the member/owners of Associated Press didn't allow AP to sell ads--they wanted to sell the ads. Even Google's ads. That left the Associated Press with few sources of income.
The deal where Google and Yahoo paid for the news was a major step for the organization because now they have income and you can get the news--and AP can now get serious with the "owner/members" who were once the gatekeepers to the public but are no longer.
Question: If you are the executive at Google or Yahoo who agreed to pay AP a pretty penny for the news and you discover that Moreover is sending AP's stuff out at no cost to other web sites, the next time you were on the phone with your good buddy at AP, would you mention that?
You can see the text of AP's lawsuit and their evidence at [paidcontent.org...]