posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 08:41 PM
Agence France-Presse (AFP), a French news organization, is suing Google for posting pictures and details of news stories found on the web, along with
links to the stories. The outcome of this case will affect everyone from Google to ATSNN to Matt Drudge. AFP argues that a picture and the details
of the story constitute intellectual property. It is expected that Google will argue that the facts of the story cannot be copyrighted and that the
facts can be reworded so as to not infringe on copyright laws. A court has already ruled that a thumbnail picture can be used under the "fair use"
law, but even that ruling is at stake.
In a case that could set limits on Internet search engines, the French news agency AFP is suing Google Inc. for pulling together photos and story
excerpts from thousands of news Web sites.
Agence France-Presse said the "Google News" service infringes on AFP's copyrights by reproducing information from the Web sites of subscribers of
the Paris-based news wholesaler.
The issues raised by the case have profound implications for the Internet, where anyone can be a publisher and Web journals, or blogs, are becoming
more frequent destinations for seekers of news.
The lawsuit's outcome will likely hinge on whether Google can persuade the courts that Google News constitutes permissible "fair use" of copyright
material. Legal scholars say Google could argue that it adds value by significantly improving the news-consuming experience without greatly harming
AFP's ability to sell its service.
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Many news agencies consider that Google's service, among others, helps them by bringing readers to their sites. AFP, who disagrees, actually has a
code that foils search engines, but AFP's subscribers often submit the stories to beef up their own hits.
Certainly, any suit that challenges "fair use" will have an impact on everyone who uses the internet or even goes to school and does research for
term papers. We should keep an eye on these developments and hope that the courts rule in favor of the public.
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[edit on 05/3/23 by GradyPhilpott]