Search engine Google sued by Agence France Presse
Sunday, March 20, 2005
The issue of whose news content belongs to whom could get serious judicial review in a Google. The French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) is suing Google News for including their headlines, story leads and on the site's news summary pages. AFP alleges they asked Google to refrain from the practice, but the site has not complied.17.5 million brought against the search engine giant
Google has not responded to the lawsuit yet.
A federal appeals court ruling in 2002 allows web sites to use thumbnails and 30 to 40 words of text if the content is linked to the source. EARTHtimes.org writes of Google's practice, "(it) does seem to follow the Federal ruling guidelines."