iCopyright Sues AP... Saying It Didn't Promote The 'Pay Up To Quote 5 Words' Service
from the isue dept
Basically, the whole iCopyright setup with the AP was a mess. And it just got messier.
The details are still limited (due to excessive redacting in the legal filing), but iCopyright has now sued the Associated Press, apparently claiming "that the AP frustrated its ability to do business, both neglecting to promote the service, as well as locking the company out of its servers." It's also claiming that the AP's silly attempt to DRM the news is an attempt to compete with iCopyright using what it learned from the company.
I do wonder if the PR fiasco from a couple years ago contributed to this. The AP never really clarified when the "pay for 5 words" license applied and when it didn't. While the AP put out a notice claiming that it didn't actually apply to bloggers, it was never clear why. And, confusion still reigned. In the article I link to above, in fact, the reporter notes that the iCopyright licenses were for bloggers -- even though the AP has explicitly claimed that it wasn't for bloggers. As Danny Sullivan pointed out in the first comment to this story, the AP has never done a good job explaining just when iCopyright applied.... and now the AP may be facing a lawsuit over that very point.