deal "will enable the use of AFP's newswire content in innovative, new
ways that will dramatically improve the way users experience newswire
content on the Internet," the statement said.
AFP agreed to withdraw a lawsuit filed in March 2005 accusing the
world's number one Internet search engine of copyright infringement for
allegedly posting AFP headlines, news summaries and photographs without
permission. The lawsuit, closely watched in the media industry, was
filed in the United States and France and sought damages and interest
as well as a bar on the use of AFP text and photos without prior
AFP chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pierre Louette welcomed the
agreement as a significant step forward for the Paris-based agency, one
of the world's top suppliers of news, photos, graphics and video.
He said AFP headlines and photographs would again be available on
Google news, Google Actualites and other Google services, driving
traffic to websites displaying AFP news content. But the accord also
"The agreement will allow uses of AFP's content in ways that go
beyond its typical use of content in Google's services, which features
just headlines and snippets of text to provide just a taste of what an
article offers," Louette said. He did not elaborate.
AFP, with a staff of 4,000 journalists and stringers covering 165
countries, already has licensing agreements with Yahoo, MSN, AOL and
other major Internet players, as well as more than 7,000 clients
Word of AFP's partnership agreement with Google came eight months
after the search engine announced a licensing deal with the American
news agency Associated Press. AP said Google had agreed to pay for its
content but provided no details.
Google, created in 1998 and based in California's Silicon Valley,
counts more than 10,000 employees and operates free search services
that provide results in 35 languages.