[Marxism] Agence France Presse vs. Google News: Economics of Online Publishing and Search Engine Indexing

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sat Mar 26 14:33:42 MST 2005


"Agence France Presse vs. Google News: Economics of Online Publishing 
and Search Engine Indexing" (Juan Cole writes that the corporate 
media in the United States "refuse to report news that is only 
carried by AFP [Agence France Presse]."  To compound the problem, AFP 
recently sued Google News "for US$ 17.5 million, for using photos, 
headlines and leads," so Google News removed AFP from it.  The 
lawsuit may be a case of AFP cutting its nose to spite its face, as 
the removal may diminish traffic to AFP customers' websites.  Why 
should we care?  Fred von Lohmann of the Electronic Frontier 
Foundation says that "a ruling against Google also could harm the 
free exchange of ideas") -- 
<http://montages.blogspot.com/2005/03/agence-france-presse-vs-google-news.html>.
-- 
Yoshie

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