U.S. Department of Justice does not challenge proposed news registry

On 31 March 2010 the Department of Justice issued a business review letter concerning a proposed news registry that would be operated by The Associated Press. The proposed news registry essentially would allow content owners to register news items and the terms of licensing them for use on the Internet.

The Department of Justice considered that the proposed arrangement would not be likely to result in anti-competitive harm and can produce pro-competitive benefits. In particular, the proposed registry is not exclusive and does not constrain the participating content owners’ ability to offer content outside of the registry, nor does it facilitate coordination among content owners. The registry may create pro-competitive benefits by, in particular, reducing transaction costs in licensing news for Internet content users. [Juha Vesala]