Free Press, one of the world’s largest newspapers, is suing Google for copyright infringement, arguing that the search giant has violated a landmark press freedom agreement signed in 1998 by the World Press Freedom Organization and the United States Department of Justice.
In addition to suing Google, Free Press also filed suit on behalf of other media organizations and their staffs, including the Associated Press, Newsweek, and The New York Times.
“The American press is free to report the news without fear of retaliation,” said Bill Smith, Free Media’s executive director, in a statement.
“This lawsuit is the first of many lawsuits we will take on behalf a wide range of news organizations as they attempt to restore and maintain their reputation as the trusted source of information in their communities.”
Google has responded to the lawsuit, arguing the complaint is baseless and that it “will vigorously defend itself against it.”
Free Press was one of four news organizations that signed the 1998 press freedom treaty, which included the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
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