Belgian copyright group warns Yahoo

by admin January 20, 2007 at 11:27 am

A group representing French- and German-language Belgian newspaper publishers has sent legal warnings to Yahoo about its display of archived news articles, the search company has confirmed.

Copiepresse, which has previously tussled with Google and Microsoft’s MSN, has been leading the battle against search engines that publish news articles and photos via their news aggregators and search engine results. The group argues that the practice violates copyright laws, even if sites link to the publisher’s Web site.

When it comes to Yahoo, Copiepresse objects to “the display of archived results” on Yahoo France’s site, according to the No. 2 search engine, which said in an e-mailed statement that it “respects the copyright of content owners,” and that it would respond “appropriately” to the Belgian organization.

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