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Google Loses Appeal on Posting Court Ruling

Reuters News Wire (
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:16:13 -0500

Google Inc. has lost a bid to overturn a Belgian court order that
requires it to publish an earlier ruling forbidding it from reproducing
article snippets on its news amalgamation service.

The world's most popular Web search engine faces a daily fine of 500,000
euros ($640,900) for not posting the September 5 decision on its Belgian
Web site.

It said on Friday it still refuses to post the ruling.

"We are very disappointed that the court has decided to uphold its
decision that the original judgment be posted to and," a Google spokesman said.

Google had argued that the posting was unnecessary given the widespread
publicity of the case.

It will fight the decision again as part of a broader attempt to
overturn the entire case. The court is expected to consider the appeal
in November.

"We believe that Google News is entirely lawful and brings real benefits
to publishers by driving web traffic -- and users -- to their sites,"
the spokesman said.

Google News lists headlines and a few sentences of text from news
articles around the world and links back to a publication's own Web site
for users to read the whole item.

Any publisher can opt out by asking Google to remove its content, but
publishers argue that by reproducing the material in the first place
Google is violating copyright law.

Separately on Friday, four international publishing trade groups
unveiled plans to launch an automated system for granting search engines
and other companies permission for using their content.

The Belgian case was brought by Copiepresse, an organization that
manages copyrights for French and German language newspapers.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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