While we were surprised that the AFP sued Google for daring to link to sites that carried their articles, we figured that other news agencies/wires couldn't be quite that clueless. However, it appears that Google's willingness to back down over the issue has caught the attention of the Associated Press who has apparently contacted Google expressing concern over links from Google News to AP stories and suggesting that Google News buy a license. Hopefully, Google calls their bluff. Google isn't breaking any laws by linking to other sites, and, in fact, they're bringing more visitors to sites that carry AP news. Perhaps the AP should go talk to some AFP customers who are furious they've been removed from Google News, taking away much of their traffic. Chances are, though, that this is just the AP being opportunistic, figuring that they might as well see if Google will pony up for a license they clearly don't need just to avoid any more controversy.
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