Google has received a set back in its prolonged fight with the Belgian newspapers. Reuters reports that:
A Belgian court ruled on Tuesday that Google may not reproduce extracts from a variety of Belgian newspapers, imperilling one of the web search leader's most popular services if other courts follow suit.
The case was brought by Copiepresse, which manages copyrights for Belgium's French- and German-language newspapers and has also demanded that the French division of Internet portal Yahoo stop displaying Belgian press reports.
Copiepresse has also alleged that Google made news articles freely available even after they ceased to be so on the newspaper's website. However, the good news for Google is that the fine amount has been reduced from a potential 1 million euro per day to 25,000 euros per day. The court instructed Google tp publish the judgement or pay an additional fine of 500,000 euros per day.
However, Google is filing an appeal against the case to hold off similar cases in France and USA where it is facing similar problems.