Google Settles Copyright Suit Over Google News

Google has settled a copyright suit filed by French news agency Agence France-Presse over Google News’ use of its content, according to a AP report. The suit, first filed two years ago, accused Google of posting news summaries, headlines and photos without permission.

Google has apparently paid an undisclosed sum to license AFP’s articles. According to Eric Scherer, AFP’s director for strategic planning and partnerships, “With the other major Internet players like AOL, Yahoo or MSN, we have been licensing our content to them for years and years,” he said. “And now Google has agreed to do the same thing, so we are very happy.”

A similar deal was reached with the Associated Press last August.

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