Google Blocks Belgian Newspapers from Web Search Results

By: Teemu Henriksson | EditorsWeblog.org

After a court decision that ordered it to remove a group of Belgian newspapers from Google News search results, Google not only blocked the newspapers from its news site but also removed them from its main search index, the Associated Press reported. Google said that this was necessary to comply with the Belgian court’s decision, All Things D reported. A consortium representing the newspapers claimed, however, that Google was retaliating against the newspapers over the copyright infringement suit.

The case started in 2006, when Copiepresse, a newspaper copyright management company, filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that Google News had no right to post links to its members’ content. The resulting ruling forced Google to remove links and snippets of French- and German-language Belgian newspapers from its news search.

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