AFP Suit Vs. Google Tests "Fair Use" Doctrine

Law360, New York (March 22, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- French news agency AFP has sued Google for copyright infringement over its “Google News” service, in a case that hinges on the limits of fair use on the internet.

Agence France-Presse said Google’s news service, which gathers stories from more than 4,500 news sources and automatically arranges them to present the most relevant news first, infringes on the Paris-based agency’s copyrights by reproducing information from the websites of its subscribers.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is seeking at...
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