AP sues Meltwater News alleging copyright offense

NEW YORK (AP) ? The Associated Press is suing a digital news distributor, claiming it infringed on AP copyrights.

The complaint, filed Tuesday in New York federal court, alleges that Meltwater U.S. Holding Inc. and its Meltwater News Service have been illegally selling AP content.

The suit alleges that Meltwater News has been pilfering current and past material from the AP and other news providers without paying licensing fees.

Meltwater News, based in San Francisco, began 11 years ago in Oslo, Norway, according to its website. Calls to the company were not immediately returned.

The AP has complained about websites improperly lifting content for years. In 2009, the not-for-profit news cooperative threatened to take legal action against Google Inc.

AP now has content licensing agreements with Google and other companies, including Yahoo and AOL.