I think you can probably get the gist of this article from the first paragraph: "It's hard to explain a mind-blowing mess like this one, but AFP is suing a Haitian photojournalist for 'antagonistic assertion of [his] rights' after it distributed his news-breaking earthquake photos all over the world without his permission."
The article, at PDN online, is called "Insult to Injury: AFP Suing Photographer It Stole Images From." The photographer has some culpability, too, as you'll see.
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"And that fact changes the whole thing. I think a far more accurate article to read about the whole mess is 'Agence France Presse's slap to photographers' by Olivier Laurent at the BJP's 1854 blog.
"It explains very well what happened, who did what and when, and it becomes very clear that AFP hasn't really got a leg to stand on if they go the copyright-route (but might have had, had they claimed fair use).
"I found it via the always excellent aphotoeditor.com, by the way, who wrote about it in April."