Google, AP Agree to New Deal

Agreement ends months of “thorny” negotiations; search giant can continue using news co-op's content

The Associated Press and Google finally have a new deal.

After seven-plus months of what it characterized as “sometimes thorny” negotiations, the AP announced on Monday that the companies have reached an agreement that will allow Google to continue posting the news cooperative's content.

"We’ve extended our existing licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its content on Google properties such as Google News," senior business product manager Josh Cohen wrote on Google's blog. "We look forward to future collaborations, including on ways Google and AP can work together to create a better user experience and new revenue opportunities."

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor was the duration.

Google’s previous deal with the AP, which began in 2006, ended in January, but was extended while the sides worked out an agreement.

In June, CNN dropped the AP as part of its newsgathering efforts, and brought back Reuters to supplement its breaking news. CNN had dropped Reuters in 2007.