Belgian Court Deals Google a Bombshell

Publishers who sued the Internet giant for copyright infringement have won their case. A one-off glitchor the end of search-engines as we know them?

It has all the makings of an epic David vs. Goliath battle: A band of scrappy Belgian publishers, citing copyright infringement, have taken on Google and emerged victorious. On Feb. 13, a Belgian court said the search giant could not reproduce certain copyrighted titles and summaries on its Belgian Google news or Google.be Web site. What's more, the Mountain View (Calif.) company must pay €25,000 a day ($32,500) until it removes all related content. Google says it will appeal.

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