Belgians Monetize Newspaper Content (Thanks, Google)

The WSJ is reporting a Belgian court ruled this morning that Google violated the country’s copyright law by publishing “snippets and links to to Belgian newspapers” without permission.

The retroactive fine is €3.45 million, and rising up at a rate of €25,000 per day.

Kudos to the Belgians. If they aren’t selling papers, at least they’ve come up with a means to monetize their content.

Google’s defense, after all, is asking the newspaper group why they didn’t just opt-out of making their material available in the first place.

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