AP sues Meltwater News for copyright violations

News co-op says the “parasitic distribution service” sells AP content to subscribers

The Associated Press filed a copyright complaint Tuesday against Meltwater U.S. Holdings Inc., a digital media monitoring company, and the news service isn’t mincing words.

AP alleges that Meltwater News provides its subscribers with exact excerpts from AP stories and allows customers to store full articles in an archive housed on Meltwater’s server. In doing so, the AP argues, Meltwater can charge substantial fees for content without contributing anything to reporting costs.

Alanna Byrne

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