The US Internet portal Google complied with a court order and posted on its Belgian websites a copyright ruling that went against the giant online information provider.
A Belgian tribunal on Friday had ordered Google to post the judgement, which appeared Saturday on the search engine’s “google.be” site and its information site “news.google.be”.
On September 5, a lower court ordered Google News to stop reproducing content from French-language and German-language newspapers in Belgium on its Belgian site.
The Californian group, under threat of one-million-euro-a-day fines, more or less complied with that ruling, although there was some grumbling about its archive section.
Google was also liable to pay another half a million euros per day if it failed to publish the ruling on its Belgian site continuously for five days.
Google lawyers had called that decision “completely disproportionate”.
A new hearing on the more substantive issue of publishing material is scheduled for November 24.