Google to appeal Brussels copyright ruling

19th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Internet search machine Google said on Monday it would appeal against the Brussels Court ruling that it operates in breach of copyright laws.

19 September 2006

BRUSSELS — Internet search machine Google said on Monday it would appeal against the Brussels Court ruling that it operates in breach of copyright laws.

The court ruled that Google was breaking the law by including headlines and links to stories from the Belgian press on its Google News website.

The ruling was based on a complaint from Copiepress, which manages copyright for the French and German-speaking Belgian press, including newspapers 'La Derniére Heure', 'La Libre Belgique' and 'Le Soir'.

The ruling — handed down on 5 September — imposed a threat of EUR 1 million fines for every day that Google fails to comply with court order.

In response, Google removed any links on its Belgian site directing readers to the newspapers concerned and said it is in the process of removing them from all its global sites.

A company spokesman said the court case was "entirely unnecessary", stressing that Google has a clear policy of "respecting the wishes of content owners".

"If a newspaper does not want to be part of Google News ... all they have to do is ask," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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