14
Feb/07

Brussels Court Rules Against Google Re Linking


IHT: “Brussels Court Rules Against Google In Copyright Case“:
“A court in Brussels ruled Tuesday that Google violated copyright laws by publishing links to stories from Belgian newspapers without permission, a case that legal experts said could have broad implications in Europe for the news services provided by search engines.”
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Google condemned the court decision and defended the news site. “This is an isolated case, and it would be inaccurate to portray Google News as standing in conflict with the publishing industry,” said Jessica Powell, a spokeswoman in London for Google. “We currently have 10,000 sources in Google News and get contacted every day by others seeking to be included.”
Powell added that the main complaints raised by the publishers in Belgium — references to their stories without prior permission and the availability of stories that the newspapers subsequently place behind a firewall — are easily rectified without recourse to legal action.”

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