Google News stops hosting AP stories

Google News has stopped hosting new articles from the Associated Press the search giant confirmed Monday, in a sign that contract negotiations between the two companies may have broken down. A source search for “The Associated Press” on Google News doesn’t return any stories dated after Dec. 23, 2009. “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,” a Google spokesman said in an email statement. “At the moment we’re not adding new hosted content from the AP.” Google would not elaborate on that statement, and the AP declined to comment on the situation. Reports say the AP has been hashing out a new licensing contract with Google, which has hosted the news agency’s content since August 2007. Google News displays stories from content providers around the globe, some of whom have negotiated licensing deals with Google, like the AP, while others have not. This is the latest development in a shifting news landscape, as publishers are considering whether to restrict Google’s access to their content.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/01/11/news/companies/google_associated_press/

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