Back in 2008, the AP and iCopyright talked excitedly about their new partnership, an early attempt to make bloggers license AP’s content instead of simply scraping it. Now, the two aren’t so friendly anymore. iCopyright has sued the AP, and a copy of the suit is finally available.
The AP today said: “The lawsuit brought by iCopyright is without merit. AP plans to defend its rights vigorously.” It claimed that
[PDF] iCopyright broke its promises.
The AP’s early moves to get bloggers to license its content in 2008 were a PR disaster. The wire service in mid-2008 asked for takedowns on short excerpts from The Drudge Retort, a liberal news site that was a parody and critique of The Drudge Report. In response, TechCrunch banned AP stories from its site, and AP was widely criticized for asking for takedowns on short excerpts that many argued were obvious examples of “fair use.”