Sunday, March 20, 2005

Apparently Google is not popular in France

Agence Frances is suing Google for using it's photos, headlines and lead paragraphs on the Google site. They are asking $17.5M and, by the way, they have an approved news feed via Yahoo.

Google was sanctioned by a court in France for trademark counterfeiting, unfair competition and misleading advertising. The case concerned the way Google sell 'sponsored link' based on search words. For example, The Wharton Running Shoes store buys the search term Niki. Then you do a search of Google for Niki and find that Wharton Running Shoes is oe of the top hits in the sponsored link section. Niki is not amused.

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