Copiepresse Vexing Google With $77M Demand

    May 27, 2008
    WebProNews Staff

Storing news articles from properties managed by Belgium’s Copiepresse returned as an issue for Google, as the newspaper group wants damages for Google’s normal indexing of their content.

L’enfants terrible at Copiepresse returned to making news instead of reporting it again. The gang that can’t seem to figure out how to write a simple robots.txt file to deny Google’s spiders access to their content now want to be paid for this.

Copiepresse wants $77 million in damages from Google for storing and republishing content in Google News. The International Herald Tribune said Copiepresse believes Google violated copyright law in indexing stories; Google has yet to comment on the latest Copiepresse news.

The agency charges for access to its articles, and sued Google previously over its indexing of smaller bits of content for Google users. Copiepresse won a judgment against Google in Belgium, requiring Google to post that judgment on the homepage for 5 days.

This time around, Copiepresse wants a 20-day publication of a judgment in favor of Copiepress placed on Google’s Belgian properties, along with the money. The Brussels Court of First Instance previously dismissed the concept of fair use (so much for so-called enlightened thinking on the Continent) in its earlier decision in Copiepresse’s favor.