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Google settles AFP news aggregation lawsuit with licensing agreement

[JURIST] Agence France-Presse (AFP) [corporate website] and Google [corporate website] Friday settled a landmark copyright infringement lawsuit [JURIST report] which the French news agency filed two years ago against the Internet giant for automatically pulling and displaying photos, headlines and leads of news stories from the websites of AFP subscribers. The agreement will allow Google to post AFP content on its popular news service. Further details are not available to the public.

Yahoo! also uses AFP material in its Yahoo News! [website] news aggregator service, but pays AFP a fee. Last year, Google signed a licensing agreement with American news agency Associated Press [corporate website] in which Google agreed to pay for AP content. The Financial Times has more.

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