More to come in Google copyright case

A copyright case brought by Agence France-Presse against Google is still rumbling on after the two sides failed to produce the evidence required for the judge to make an initial ruling.

A copyright case brought by Agence France-Presse against Google is still rumbling on after the two sides failed to produce the evidence required for the judge to make an initial ruling.

A US district court has given the two sides more time to produce the material required.

Agence France-Presse (AFP), one of the world’s largest press agencies, alleges that Google violated its copyright by including headlines and excerpts of its stories, along with its pictures, in Google News web pages.

Many of the 2003 and 2004 pages at issue have now disappeared from the web, according to AFP, and Google has been requested to produce them for the court from its archives.

AFP also alleges that Google News removed photo credits and copyright notices in violation of US law.

Google claims AFP's headlines are not "original and creative" enough to be protected under copyright law. Google also claims that as AFP has not produced in court the stories and pictures at issue for more than a year the case should be thrown out.

 

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