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Thursday, August 3, 2006

More on Google/ AP Deal

Google said they struck some kind of business agreement with the Associated Press to “compensate them for their work”... which probably means to license their news material. Now German Spiegel adds that Google suggested “the AP material will become the basis for a new service which will be released in the coming months. It will be an addition to Google News.” According to Spiegel, Google emphasized that the agreement with AP wouldn’t change the fact that “fair use” of press material by Google News is lawful.

If Google aims to display full AP news articles on their site, they’d be following in the footsteps of Yahoo News. And organizing the world’s information by acquiring it isn’t that new for them. While Google likes to pretend they’re just in the business of sending people away – as opposed to providing content – in the past they bought anything from Usenet archives (Deja in 2001) to blogs (Blogger in 2004), licensed satellite images (Google Maps), and created their own content platforms (like Google Video, Google Base, and Google Page Creator).


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