BRUSSELS May 28 Belgian copyright defence group
Copiepresse has filed a court document asking for up to 49
million euros ($77.25 million) in damages from search engine
Google (GOOG.O), the group said late on Tuesday.
The dispute is over Google's reproduction of extracts from
Belgian newspapers on its search engine. Copiepresse made
available to journalists a copy of a summons dated May 23
requesting damages and interest from Google.
A Belgian court ruled last year that Google could not
continue to reproduce extracts from Belgian newspapers on its
news search engine, endangering one of Google's most popular
services if other courts followed.
Copiepresse had argued that versions of news articles stored
on Google could be seen on the U.S. firm's service even after
the articles were no longer freely accessible on a newspaper's
Google had appealed the ruling but agreed at the same time
to try to negotiate an agreement outside of court. Google had
resumed referencing the Belgian Web sites after they changed
their tagging system.
(Reporting by Julien Ponthus; editing by Sue Thomas)