February 14, 2007

Google and Belgian Newspapers [11:12 pm]

Win the battle, lose the war? Google Said to Violate Copyright Laws

A Brussels court ruled Tuesday that Google had violated copyright laws by publishing links to articles from Belgian newspapers without permission. Legal experts said the case could have broad implications in Europe for the news indexes provided by search engines.

[...] “As the first decision to condemn a search engine for indexing news articles, you can be sure publishers around the world are paying attention,” said Cyril Fabre, a lawyer in Paris at Alexen, a law firm specializing in Internet law and intellectual property. “The implications in Europe are particularly strong since copyright law is so uniform across the Continent.”

Slashdot: Google News Found Guilty of Copyright Violation

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