AP Keeps Writing, but Google Ain’t Hosting

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newspaper_small.jpgADOTAS – If you want the latest coverage from the Associated Press, look no further than… Oh, wait a second — you’ll have to look further than Google News as no AP stories have appeared on the aggregator since Dec. 23.

Google News signed a deal to host AP’s content in August 2007, but the contract expires at the end of January. Back in October, AP CEO Tom Curley expressed some snide dismay that Google wasn’t seeing things AP’s way, and apparently the negotiations went south from there.

Google released a statement today: “We have a licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its content on Google properties such as Google News. Some of that content is still available today. At the moment we’re not adding new hosted content from the AP.”

Some of the old stuff is still there, but you won’t find any AP stories dated later than Dec. 23. AP had no comment.

It’s the latest development in the pissing contest between Google and the news industry. At the heart of the matter is the eternal question, who gets to call the shots: content creator or distributor?

In particular, it seems a fitting retort to recent comments and moves by News Corp., such as chatting with Microsoft about de-indexing its content from Google News. In this context, Google’s reply could be read as, “Do it; see if we care.”

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  1. I have often heard it said that the power rests in the hands of the distributor. But things change all the time. I look at the movie studios struggling to stay alive in an era of free content.

    At brandojo.com, via email advertising, we define one of our major roles as distribution. But if we did not have good content/quality advertisers we would lose our leverage.

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