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All Headline News (AHN) is a United States-based news agency or wire service. It was founded in 2000 by W. Jeffrey Brown as an internet news search engine. It had grown to become a major worldwide online newswire service, providing news and other content, to websites, digital signage, and other publishers who pay a fee for the service.
The company's daily news coverage included international headline news, business, entertainment, celebrity gossip, sports, technology, health and politics. The company also provides a variety of non-editorial content services such as weather, horoscopes, trivia and business data.
AHN's primary focus is breaking headline news and a small investigative news effort.
AHN editors were located in various cities in the United States and abroad and managed electronic news-gathering operations using a proprietary news content management system called NewsBahn.
At its peak, AHN produced over 100,000 news articles a year.
- 2000: AHN is founded as an internet news search engine.
- 2003: Company begins offering news and content for syndication to websites.
- 2004: AHN acquires WeatherClicks. Integrates weather into syndication services.
- 2005: AHN starts producing and distributing original news with the purpose of syndicating news.
- 2007: Launches sports, celebrity and entertainment news divisions.
- 2010: Ceases operations.
Associated Press controversy
In January 2008, AHN was sued by much larger competitor Associated Press, claiming that AHN allegedly infringed on its copyrights and its hot news, a contentious 'quasi-property' right to facts. The AP complaint alleged that AHN reporters had copied facts from AP news reports without paying a syndication fee. After AHN moved to dismiss all but the copyright claims set forth by AP, the suit was dismissed. According to court records, the case was dismissed pre-trial.
- Schonfeld, Erick (2009-02-22), "Hot News: The AP Is Living In The Last Century", The Washington Post, retrieved 2010-04-25
- Anderson, Nate (7 May 2009), Who owns the facts? The AP and the "hot news" controversy
- The Associated Press v. All Headline News Corp., 08 Civ. 323 (United States District Court, Southern District of New York 2009-02-17).
- Citizen Media Law Project