Google Backs Down in AFP Case
It appears that Google is backing down in the Google News vs Agence France Presse case.
Infoworld breaks the news with a press release that appears to have been issued by Google:
Google Inc. is in the process of removing French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) from its Google News service, which aggregates links to online articles and accompanying photos from about 4,500 news outlets.
Google’s decision is a direct reaction to a lawsuit AFP filed against the search engine provider alleging copyright infringement over the inclusion of AFP content in Google News, said Steve Langdon, a Google spokesman, on Monday.
Google doesn’t have a timetable for when all AFP links and content will be removed from Google News, but the company is actively working on the matter, Langdon said.
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