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Belgian Court Rejects Appeal by Google

September 23, 2006|From the Associated Press

Google Inc. lost an appeal of a Belgian court's requirement that the Internet search company publish on its home page the ruling in a recent case it lost.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Google faces daily fines of about $640,000 for refusing to post the Sept. 5 ruling on its Belgian home pages, Google.be and News.google.be.

The company plans to appeal the main part of the ruling as well, even as it is already complying. The court ordered Google to stop publishing news excerpts and small photos from Belgian, French and German newspapers without first paying them or getting their permission.

Google said it was removing Belgium's French-language newspapers Le Soir, La Libre Belgique and La Derniere Heure from its indexes, but it did not post the ruling itself.

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