Belgian newspaper: Google blocking us on searches

Jul 15, 2011

(AP) -- At least three Belgian newspapers are reporting Google is preventing their web sites from being found through its search engine as part of a legal fight accusing the American-based company of copyright infringement.

A spokesman said Friday it was required by a Belgian court order to block the searches. Google searches Friday for the newspapers - La Libre, Le Soir and La Capitale - did not show their web sites.

La Capitale said Google was "boycotting" it.

In 2006, Copiepresse, representing several Belgian newspapers, sued Google, saying it had no right to post unauthorized links to newspaper stories on Google News. Google lost in May. A company spokesman said the decision applied to Google Index as well as Google News and the company feared significant fines.

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Osiris1
1 / 5 (3) Jul 15, 2011
Uh Oh! Goooogle in twubble!
J-n
5 / 5 (2) Jul 15, 2011
A company spokesman said the decision applied to Google Index as well as Google News and the company feared significant fines.


I can understand that, google gets sued and told they can't put stuff up in google news or index.. so they remove the whole company from the index just incase something slips by them. Google can't check every single web page they index, so to avoid fines and punishment they remove the whole site.

stndspec
5 / 5 (3) Jul 15, 2011
Seems cut and dry. If Google fought to link to these papers and lost in that country's courts, the precedent is established and clear. Good work Copiepresse group! You've successfully made your own news services useless to the whole planet outside Belgium. Sore winners much?
Husky
5 / 5 (2) Jul 15, 2011
shot in own foot
fmfbrestel
5 / 5 (3) Jul 15, 2011
Yeah, maybe you shouldn't sue google over copyright infringement if you need the traffic that google brings to your site? Idiots. If they are being "boycotted" it is because they asked to be boycotted.
jonnyboy
1 / 5 (2) Jul 15, 2011
Ha...........Ha-a-a
epsi00
5 / 5 (1) Jul 16, 2011
you can't blame Google for your own stupidity. Avis aux amateurs!