How does Google annoy France? Let me count the ways.
This week, the Agence France Presse sued Google for allegedly infringing on its copyrights by using the new outlet's photos and headlines without its permission. Among thousands of other news sources, Agence France Presse's stories and photos populate Google News, an aggregated hub or "cheat sheet" for popular news of the day.
The case, filed in the U.S. District Court of Columbia, will be closely watched and could embolden other publishers to strike at Google for its increasing power in the news aggregation business. Could this be the beginning of the Aggregator's unraveling?
Also this week, Google lost another
In another light, Google may just be joining the ranks of loathed American dot-coms in France. Yahoo cofounder Tim Koogle at one point was under threat of house arrest in the country over a case involving the sale of Nazi memorabilia on Yahoo France. Or it could just be a competitive thing. After all, France is the country with the largest number of CEOs who blog--following the U.S., according to TheNewPR/Wiki.