The Associated Press is suing Meltwater News — a media intelligence software service — claiming that Meltwater has repeatedly infringed on the company’s copyrighted material, and often copies AP stories word for word. Tom Curley, the President and CEO of the AP, had some harsh words for Meltwater.
“Meltwater News is a parasitic distribution service that competes directly with traditional news sources without paying license fees to cover the costs of creating those stories,” Curley said in a press release. “It has a significant negative impact on the ability of AP to continue providing the high-quality news reports on which the public relies.”
The AP says that the Meltwater lawsuit shouldn’t be taken as an attack on sites who link to AP news stories because Meltwater does it in the wrong way.
“Meltwater is not a typical news aggregator,” said Laura Malone, the AP’s general counsel.