Google Loses Copyright Case


Google violated the copyright of a Belgian newspaper by posting extracts of their stories on Google News without permission, according to a Belgian court.

This judgement upholds an earlier ruling in Brussels, which required Google to remove Belgium's French and German-language newspapers from Google News.

"Google cannot claim exception under copyright law," according to the Belgian court.

David Hooper, a newspaper lawyer, commented "Google will have to reach a deal to make it worthwhile for newspapers to cooperate. There is a tendency for Google to use things for free and reach a deal later."

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