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8:20 PM ET, February 13, 2007


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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Loses Copyright Case, Drops Belgian Links (Update4)  —  Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — A Brussels court said Google Inc. violated copyright laws by publishing links to Belgian newspapers without permission and ordered the company to remove them, setting a precedent for future cases in Europe.
Associated Press:
Google loses copyright case launched by Belgian newspapers  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium: Google Inc. lost a copyright fight on Tuesday that had been launched by Belgian newspapers, which claimed that the Web search service infringed copyright laws and demanded it remove their stories.
Carlo / Techdirt:
Belgian Newspapers Still Don't Get How Google News Is A Good Thing For Them  —  from the someday,-hopefully dept  —  The story of French-language Belgian newspapers' lawsuit against Google has been going on for some time.  Apparently they think they're a giant TV network or record label or something …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
About the Copiepresse decision  —  Posted by Rachel Whetstone, European Director of Communications and Public Affairs  —  Today we heard that the Belgian court, which last year ruled against us in the Copiepresse case has reaffirmed its original decision.  This judgment is clearly disappointing …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Digital Markets
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Loses In Belgium Newspaper Case  —  A Belgium court has found that Google did violate copyright when including material from several Belgian newspapers in its search index.  Google will have to pay a $4.4 million fine, but the ruling is far more positive for the company.
Aoife White / Associated Press:
Court Orders Google to Pull Belgian News  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Google Inc. lost a copyright lawsuit Tuesday to Belgian newspapers that had demanded it remove headlines and links to articles posted on its news site without their permission.  —  The ruling, if it stands on appeal …
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Belgian newspapers score victory in bold traffic-reduction initiative
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Google to pay £2.4m over 'copyright breach'
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Court: No More Belgian Papers on Google
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters:
Belgian court rules against Google over copyright
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Leaked letter shows RIAA pressuring ISPs, planning discounts for early settlements  —  The RIAA is asking for additional cooperation from ISPs in getting customers targeted by the RIAA's file-sharing sting to cooperate, according to a letter recently leaked to P2P attorney Ray Beckerman.
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
RIAA Adopts New Policy, offers "Pre-Doe settlement option" if ISP Holds Logs Longer, Asks ISP's to Correct Identification Mistakes  —  The RIAA has sent out a letter to ISP's attempting to change its prelitigation policies:  —  Letter from RIAA to ISP's*  —  While we have not had time to analyse …
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Tries To Make Deals With ISPs To Hound Customers Into Settling Earlier
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Hackers discover HD DVD and Blu-ray "processing key" — all HD titles now exposed  —  Those cooky kids over at the Doom9 forums hate themselves some DRM.  Not more than two months after discovering a means to extract the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc "volume keys" to decrypt AACS DRM on individual films …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Blu-Ray AND HD-DVD broken - processing keys extracted  —  Arnezami, a hacker on the Doom9 forum, has published a crack for extracting the "processing key" from a high-def DVD player.  This key can be used to gain access to every single Blu-Ray and HD-DVD disc.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Yahoo Music: Santa Claus will have DRM-free music in his sleigh  —  DRMed music has been the talk of the town for the last week, due in no small part to Steve Jobs' well-known missive on the topic.  Another music store head has weighed in on the subject, predicting that his store will be mostly DRM-free by Christmas.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Social-Networking Sites Open Up  —  Facebook, Friendster, and others are starting to let third-party developers build new features to attract more users—and profits  —  Dom Tolli envisions a day when people will be able to push a few buttons on their cell phone and post a list …
Tom Krazit / CNET
Microsoft holding open house on Home Server  —  Microsoft is opening up the second beta release of its Windows Home Server software to the public, the company announced Monday.  —  Windows Home Server is a developing piece of software that would allow budding home system administrators …
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Flags Pages that Install Malicious Software  —  I mentioned in August last year that Google started to show malware warnings if you click on a search result from a harmful site.  Now Google shows a message below the title of a search result: "This site may harm your computer."
Daylight Saving Time 2007 Update  —  Updating Windows Mobile-powered devices for the new Daylight Saving Time  —  Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States starting in 2007.  Canada has adopted similar DST dates.  These changes could cause clocks …
Steven Daly / Vanity Fair:
Pirates of the Multiplex  —  Under U.S. pressure, Swedish authorities are going after the popular Pirate Bay Web site for illegal distribution of video files.  But if Hollywood wants to stop online pirates—who cost the industry some $7 billion in 2005—it needs to join them, not beat them.
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