Google loses appeal over links to Belgian newspaper articles

Google has lost a court fight to overturn a ruling in a Belgian court that blocked it from publishing links to local newspapers, Bloomberg reported today.

The 2007 ruling forced the Internet search giant to remove links and pieces of articles from the French- and German-language newspapers from both Google.com and Google.be.

The newspapers argued that snippets of their articles generated revenue for Google, and they should be paid for their content. In a second, pending suit, the group, which filed the suit under copyright management company Copiepresse, is also seeking €49.1 million for the time during which their content was visible on Google News.

Following the decision from the Court Of Appeal in Brussels, Google has the option to appeal to Belgium’s highest court, the Cour de Cassation, according to Bloomberg.

Despite the lost court battle, Google shares on the Nasdaq were up today.

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