Belgium says no to Google News

By EDRi · September 27, 2006

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar)

The Belgium newspaper group Copiepress sued Google News, considering they
should have asked its permission and agreed financial terms when publishing
material from their Belgium newspapers. Google lost in the first instance,
but also the appeal against the ruling given on 5 September 2006.

Facing a 1 million euro fine per day, Google removed the pages in question
but did not answer immediately to the decision of the court asking for the
publishing of the full judgment on its site for 5 days, considering that the
publicity around the case had made this action “unnecessary”. However, in
danger of being fined 500 000 euros per day for not publishing the judgment,
Google abided to the court’s decision on 22 September. The decision can now
be found on the Belgium version of the Google website –

Google lawyers will make a new appeal against the decision of the Belgium
court arguing Google News does not infringe the copyright law. The company
states: “It is important to remember that we never show more than the
headlines and a few snippets of text. If people want to read the entire
story they have to click through to the newspapers’ website.” The company
affirmed it would immediately remove an article at its publisher’s request.
The new appeal will appear in front of the Court in November.

Several media organisations recently announced the intention to introduce
the Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP), a pilot technology for
granting permissions on the basis of financial terms. Francisco Pinto
Balsemão, chairman of The European Publishers Council (EPC) stated: “ACAP
will unambiguously express our preferred rights and terms and conditions. In
doing so, it will facilitate greater access to our published content, making
it more, not less available, to anyone wishing to use it, while avoiding
copyright infringement and protecting search engines from future

Copyright: Google publishes its condemnation on its Belgium pages (only in
French, 23.09.2006),14-0,39-28274393,0.html

Facing Belgium, Google hesitates between resistance and response (only in
French, 21.09.2006)

Google loses Belgian news appeal (22.09.2006)

Google News faces 1m euros fine in Brussels (18.09.2006)