French-language Belgian papers hail Google copyright deal

Dec 13, 2012
The frontpages of international newspapers, including Belgian titles Le Soir and La Libre Belgique on May 5, 1998. French-language Belgian newspapers Thursday hailed a compromise deal reached with Google to end a six-year legal dispute over copyright as "the most reasonable choice".

French-language Belgian newspapers Thursday hailed a compromise deal reached with Google to end a six-year legal dispute over copyright as "the most reasonable choice".

Under the deal announced in Paris the previous day, daily papers such as Le Soir or La Libre Belgique will receive compensation for the lengthy judicial proceedings but will not be paid by the search engine for content offered on the site, as they had demanded.

The deal contrasts with a bitter row being fought across the border in France where news media sites want to make the US Internet giant pay to display links to their content.

The Belgian press instead has decided to collaborate with Google under the deal that calls for the search engine on the one hand to purchase advertising space in the papers and for the papers to buy key-word links on the other.

The agreement will enable the papers to be referenced on News after six years of absence, causing a loss of visibility and thus of advertising revenue.

"We did the sums and it was the most reasonable choice," said Francois Le Hodey, representative for the daily Belgian press, at a telephone press conference.

"Getting an agreement in 2012 is not the same thing as winning a in 2018. The is speeding up," he said.

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packrat
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The article doesn't say whether the paid for key word links will be on the first Google page that shows up though. If that's not guaranteed in the agreement those papers just shot themselves in the foot.(again)

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