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Sunday, March 20, 2005

AFP v. Google

AFP sues Google for news aggregation

Agence France Presse (AFP) has sued Google under claims the Internet search giant included AFP's copyrighted photos, news headlines and stories on its news site without permission. , Google news, which is still in beta, uses technology to aggregate headlines, pictures (sometimes) and part of the first paragraph of news stories from thousands of websites.

The French news service is seeking damages of at least $17.5 million. AFP, which has its headquarters in Paris and bureaus around the world, is one of the major global news agencies.

To me it sounds pretty weird since Google uses only first sentence of the news article attracting lots of visitors to the website.


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