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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Google Begins Direct Hosting of AP Stories

SAN FRANCISCO -- Internet search leader Google has begun hosting material produced by The Associated Press and three other news services on its own web site instead of only sending readers to other destinations.

The change, which started Friday, affects hundreds of stories and photographs distributed each day by the AP, Agence France Presse, Britain's The Press Association and The Canadian Press. It could diminish Internet traffic to other media sites where those stories and photos are also found -- a development that could reduce the online advertising revenue of newspapers and broadcasters.

Google negotiated licensing deals with the AP and the French news agency during the past two years, after the services raised concerns about whether the search engine had been infringing on their copyrights. The company also reached licensing agreements with The Press Association and The Canadian Press during the same period.

Financial terms of those deals have not been disclosed.

The new approach does not change the look of Google News or affect the way the section treats material produced by other media.

Although Google already had bought the right to display content produced by all four news services, the search engine's news section had continued to link to other web sites to read the stories and look at the photographs, which helped drive more online traffic to newspapers and broadcasters.