Newspaper groups may sue Google

The World Association of Newspapers (a Paris-based group which represents 18,000 newspapers) is reportedly considering suing search engines in respect of their use of headlines and photos from Web publishers without permission or payment. This presumably is not based upon the indexing of publisher sites for use in providing results in response to search requests, but likely relates to the use of limited excepts of publisher content in news aggregation services. According to ZDnet, Agence France-Presse has already filed suit against Google, alleging that Google News offers its photos and stories without permission.