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...withdraw the articles, photographs and graphic representations of Belgian publishers of the French - and German-speaking daily press, represented by the plaintiff, from all their sites (Google News and "cache" Google or any other name within 10 days of the notification of the intervening order, under penalty of a daily fine of
1,000,000.- € per day of delay;
The court also mandated that Google publish their entire judgment on the home pages of 'google.be' and of 'news.google.be or face a daily fine of 500,000,- € for each day they don't.
It might be a good idea for Google and other search engines to have a new meta tag to explicitly allow caching instead of the opposite.
this would stop google from showing non-commercial sites by hobby webmasters. and that is actually what made google cool and popular - variety of types of websites shown, from shops to personal opinions on geocities, etc.
if they did it, they would definitely commit a suicide.
on the other hand, this would be pretty good. now they just come in and take everything as if it was their property.
just look how they want to force us to use no-follow tag for paid advertising...
So I added a nocache meta tag. Result? The page crashed from #1 for its highly specific keywords to about #300 or so. Counterproductive, because it was replaced by a page with errors on it. When I took the nocache out it was back within a week.
To be honest I thought this would happen a long time ago. Under British defamation law (see the Dr Godfrey vs. Demon Internet in the High Court, Queen's Bench Division, 1998-G-No 30) anyone caching is also republishing and is liable at law for the contents of the cache if they are deemed libellous.
I don't know why Google ever did it - there are lots of downsides and no upsides that I can see.
Google must have seen it coming, as they already stopped using Dutch language news reports back in April, when the court process started. (Belgium has three official languages: French, German and Dutch).
The court appointed an expert who concluded that Google News "must be considered an information portal and not a search engine". In the court order it says that Google didn't show up.
noarchive tags don't work in Belgium?
They apparently don't fly with Belgian law.
The fact is, the noarchive tag is exactly backwards to the requirements of most copyright laws.
Good! The law has been looking the other way on this for too long.
In every other case, one has to ASK PERMISSION before republishing copyrighted works. Permission can also be explicity given within the work "Permission is hearby granted..." etc.
Ultimately, perhaps this needs to be precisely codified in law. "Here's how you indicate copyright in a machine-readable way on a webpage. Here's how you indicate permission to cache, permission to copy for such and such a purpose, etc."
The bottom line is that the newspapers want to sell their content, not have it available via Google.
The technicalities of this involved an official translation into English and I've not yet seen a document that clearly states the date it was handed over to Google (their 10 days will (IMHO, INAL) only start from that date.
Moreover with the defendant being Google, Inc from Mountain view, CA (the US parent company) I'm afraid they'll be able to ignore the judgement as they're out of reach of the Belgian courts.
[edited by: swa66 at 1:22 pm (utc) on Sep. 18, 2006]
In the court order it says that Google didn't show up.
Perhaps they're "pulling a Microsoft" i.e. defying court rulings in spite of daily fines.
Actually, it's worse than MS because for MS it was just about their own product, but this involves other people's copyrighted content :p
Oh for joy - I am a little happier now. Now, if only we could get a simlilar result in the US.
The ruling is about news.google.be. Bottom line is that the newspapers want to sell their content, not have it available via Google.
Now, if only we could get a simlilar result in the US.
Probably won't happen. Unfortunately, news organizations are probably the only ones with enough money/power to take on Google. And in the U.S., Google made a deal with the wire services when they saw the handwriting on the wall. So it's unlikely to go to court via that route.
Google is looking more and more evil every day.
Google (outside of the U.S., and here before the deal) just takes whatever content they want and calls it "Google News". If you or I lift content from the N.Y. Times, you can bet they'd come down hard on us.
Also note that the court has seen it fit to only protect the accuser's work
Yes - this is what I also noticed stood out in the judgment as I read it. I can't see exactly WHO the plaintiffs represent (Copiepresse), but my guess is that it is quite a specific group of sites. Just a case of manually deleting the relevent sites from the index to comply, except for the 5 days of eating humble pie message.
I think it will be very telling to see if Google WILL comply with the humble pie message? It's only Ego that prevents them from doing so, but I wonder just how big the egos have got?
Absence of tag would be read as
<meta name="cache" content="no thanks">
And I'll bet 99% of news publishers sign up. basically, they're fighting hoping that Google will pay a commission for the content. And eventually, the fees will get passed on to users - us.
The sooner Google calls their bluff - with the new tag - the sooner we keep the free internet safe. The longer it drags on, the more likely it is that they will club together - to club Google.
explicitly allow caching ... That seems like such a logical thing to do that I don't understand why it's not being done.
I believe it's the same reason why my phone company charges people to have an unlisted residential number, but doesn't charge them to be included in the phone book. By making the phone book bigger, they're making it more useful.
Belgians speak French and FLEMISH, not German, so there may be a problem with the translation. I know...nit-picky, but hey I was born there and gotta look out for the motherland. :P
Because 90% of Webmasters don't care. And if they don't care, they won't opt in.
Do you have any evidence to back that up? I think a lot of webmasters care a great deal (perhaps too much) about every little thing that Google does, and that includes the cache. It's a webmasters right to determine how much of their content should be copied. To do otherwise than make the cache opt-in is penalising all the new webmasters who don't know what is going on.
If they didn't show up to court? I wonder if they are willing to just leave the country. Either that or just pay any fines and remove those sites that sued from the index as too dangerous to deal with.
[edited by: BigDave at 3:31 pm (utc) on Sep. 18, 2006]