Associated Press Expands Software License with InfoDesk

Jan 07, 2003

The Associated Press has finalized an expanded license agreement with InfoDesk, a developer of real-time content distribution technology. The expanded license enables the news cooperative to use InfoDesk's software to provide non-AP, third-party content to its members and customers. Under its original agreement with InfoDesk, AP was able to use the content management and delivery tools developed by InfoDesk, specifically InfoViewer and InfoClient, to deliver AP branded content. The new agreement enables AP to distribute any third-party, non-AP content in any fashion. As a result of the expanded license agreement, AP Telecommunications, a commercial division of AP that distributes third-party content such as press release wires and trade journal articles via satellite to AP member newspapers as well as non-member customers, will now be able to offer this new Internet-based delivery option. While Internet delivery will not necessarily replace satellite delivery, its expanded relationship with InfoDesk will allow AP to make this alternative delivery method available to its customers. AP Digital and AP Information Services, both commercial AP divisions, will also expand the use of InfoDesk applications to provide both AP and non-AP originated content to customer Web sites and other interactive applications. InfoDesk's solutions include InfoViewer for streaming desktop news delivery, and InfoClient for publishing customized multimedia Web pages. The companies plan to announce more enhanced features to these applications later this year.

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