Ridiculous Court Ruling Against Google on Fair Use of Copyright Material

Google Belgium Order

The look of google.be this morning. The belgium courts have favored the belgium press association to protect the belgium press against the theft of copy right material by Google. Google news has been found guilty of printing headlines and small 50 word extract of new items from belgium online newspapers. The court has deemed said action to be an infringement of the online newspapers copyright terms, outside of “fair-use” terms, and ruled as follows:

Order the defendant to withdraw the articles, photographs and graphic representations of Belgian publishers of the French – and German-speaking daily press, represented by the plaintiff, from all their sites (Google News and “cache” Google or any other name within 10 days of the notification of the intervening order, under penalty of a daily fine of 1,000,000.-

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