Newspapers Win Suit Against Google, Get Their Wish To Be Delisted, Then Complain
from the the world we live in dept
For years, we’ve been following the bizarre legal attack in Belgium of a bunch of newspapers against Google for daring to link to them without paying. It kicked off in 2006 with a lawsuit. At the time, we couldn’t believe that these newspapers seemed to actually be complaining that Google was giving them traffic, but that’s what they did. And, amazingly, earlier this year, they won the lawsuit, with a Belgian court telling Google to pay up for past links — and to remove all of those links.
So, let me get this straight. When Google links to them, it’s “theft.” But when they don’t link to them, it’s “harsh retaliation.” How does that work?
Of course, what it comes down to is that this is all about money. The newspapers just want Google to pay up, so they pretend they’re offended by the links, even though they know they need that traffic. So they sued, got their money… and are now suffering because Google won’t link to them any more (under direct orders from the court). Perhaps next time, they’ll think through the long term consequences of opting out of Google’s index…