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 Google settles suit by AFP

Google Inc has settled a copyright dispute with Agence France-Presse permitting the search engine to post parts of the agency's news and photos onto its Google News site. In its lawsuit, which was filed both in the U.S. and France, AFP had sought damages of at least 17.5 million dollar as well as a court-imposed order barring Google from including its material in Google News.
In a joint statement, the two companies said the settlement allows Google to post AFP content on Google News and other services. Terms of the pact were not disclosed. The deal will let Google use AFP material "in innovative, new ways," AFP said.
Google settled a separate dispute with The Associated Press in August 2006.

  • April 6, 2007, McCarthy, Caroline, Agence France-Presse, Google settle copyright dispute, ZDNet:
    "News agency Agence France-Presse has entered into a licensing deal with Google, ending the dispute between the two over AFP's articles appearing on Google News."

  • April 6, 2007, Modine, Austin, (Agence) France(-Press) surrenders to Google, The Register:
    "News agency Agence France-Presse entered a ménage à deux today with Google en lieu of a $17.5m lawsuit over its news stories appearing on Google News."




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