The Net is meant for linking

Google has been fined €34 million because of a Belgian court order to remove all links to French- and German-language Belgian news sources as of September 5, 2006.Daily fines of one million Euros per day accumulated until lawyers for Copiepresse of Belgium were satisfied that Google was removing its links to Copiepresse news items.

Google has been fined €34 million because of a Belgian court order to remove all links to French- and German-language Belgian news sources as of September 5, 2006.

Daily fines of one million Euros per day accumulated until lawyers for Copiepresse of Belgium were satisfied that Google was removing its links to Copiepresse news items.

In the end, Copiepresse asked that the fines be suspended, leaving Google with €34 million to pay.

The issue of deep links is a hotly contested one. Even if Copiepresse is in the right, it is doing itself harm by not allowing Google News to link to its news items. Can't they see that Google is just bringing them traffic?

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