AP Sues VeriSign, Moreover

The Associated Press said this week it is asking a federal court to stop two companies from accessing and electronically publishing AP news reports without permission and infringing on its copyrights and trademarks.
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The Associated Press said this week it is asking a federal court to stop two companies from accessing and electronically publishing AP news reports without permission and infringing on its copyrights and trademarks.

The suit was filed against Moreover Technologies Inc. and VeriSign Inc. Moreover is owned by VeriSign.

AP said the two companies failed to comply with directives in a Sept. 11 cease-and-desist letter. It said Moreover Technologies “openly claims that AP is among the sources of its major news coverage.”

A spokeswoman for VeriSign told RW the company does not comment on pending litigation.

VeriSign acquired Moreover Technologies, a “wholesale aggregator” of content for Web sites, search engines and enterprise customers, in 2005, according to its Web site. At the time, the company said, combining Moreover‘s content aggregation services with VeriSign‘s global feed management infrastructure would let VeriSign “offer bloggers, publishers, enterprises and Web portals a more intelligent and scalable, real-time content platform.”

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