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Copiepresse is a Belgian, French-language newspaper copyright management company. Copiepresse successfully sued Google in Belgian court, claiming that Google violated copyright law in posting links to and abstracts of articles in Belgian newspapers without permission.[1]

On May 5, 2011 Google also lost the appeal and subsequently removed several Belgian newspapers represented by Copiepresse from its search index. However, this move backfired on Copiepresse, as the ruling deprived newspapers of click-through traffic, and so it reduced their advertising revenue. Copiepresse backed down on July 18, 2011, allowing Google to index the newspapers again.[2]

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  1. ^ "Google Said to Violate Copyright Laws ", New York Times, February 13, 2007 "A Brussels court ruled Tuesday that Google had violated copyright laws by publishing links to articles from Belgian newspapers without permission. Legal experts said the case could have broad implications in Europe for the news indexes provided by search engines."
  2. ^ "Google v. Belgium "link war" ends after years of conflict"