In its copyright infringement lawsuit, AP called Meltwater a "modern-day clipping service." For $5,000 a year, Meltwater enables clients to search news stories for mentions of keywords and to receive email digests that contain portions of relevant news stories. AP contends Meltwater is undercutting its business by providing its content without paying AP for it.
Meltwater's defense is important, as Nieman Journalism Lab's Justin Ellis reported, because courts have treated search engines and clipping services differently in regard to copyright law.
By attacking a search engine, Meltwater contends, AP "challenges one of the core functions of the Internet." (more...)