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Belgian newspapers: Google blocking us on searches

By DON MELVIN

BRUSSELS (AP) — Google blocked several Belgian newspapers from its search listings Friday in what the papers alleged was retaliation by the internet giant over a court case dealing with copyright infringement.

Google said an order issued in the case had prevented it from allowing the newspapers’ web sites to show up in searches.

The dispute began in 2006, when Copiepresse, representing several Belgian newspapers, sued Google, saying it had no right to post links to their newspaper articles on Google News without payment or permission.

Google lost the case in a lower court, and that decision was upheld this MayOne of the papers, La Capitale, said on its web site Friday that Google was “boycotting” it.

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