Belgian newspapers seek copyright damages from Google

Newspapers in Belgium are seeking €49 million in damages from Google in a copyright case, the Guardian reports today.

Copiepress, an organsiation that represents the copyright interests of the country’s French- and German-language press is seeking the damages, equivalent to £39 million, over the use of news stories in Google News since 2001 and has summoned the search giant to a court hearing in September.

The same organsiation won a copyright lawsuit against Google News last year (PDF of the decision). Google says it is still appealing that case.

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