Google, AP reach deal for Google News content

News stories from the Associated Press will once again flood the pages of Google News, now that the two sides have resolved a months-long impasse over licensing.

Google News will resume carrying stories by the Associated Press, now that the two sides have reached a new deal.
Google News will resume carrying stories by the Associated Press, now that the two sides have reached a new deal. Screenshot by Tom Krazit/CNET

Google and the Associated Press have resolved an impasse over extending their licensing deal, paving the way for AP content to start flooding Google News once again.

A hosting deal that allowed Google News to carry AP news stories on Google Web pages expired earlier this year , and it took almost six months to move beyond a temporary deal to something that appears more permanent, according to a post on the Google News blog. Google and the AP had agreed in February to keep older AP content on Google's site, but Google stopped adding new content in January , until an extension of their deal could be finalized.

"We've extended our existing licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its content on Google properties such as Google News. We look forward to future collaborations, including on ways Google and AP can work together to create a better user experience and new revenue opportunities," Google said on its blog.

Google and the AP have sparred over the future of news distribution on the Internet, with the AP accusing Google several times of ripping off its content. Still, they both need each other: the AP needs to be read, and Google needs to give people content to read. No details regarding the length of the new deal were provided.

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    Tom Krazit writes about the ever-expanding world of Google, as the most prominent company on the Internet defends its search juggernaut while expanding into nearly anything it thinks possible. He has previously written about Apple, the traditional PC industry, and chip companies. E-mail Tom.


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