Google appeals Belgian copyright ruling

Company is also in talks with the group that has sued it, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Google is both appealing a ruling against it in a copyright case in Belgium and negotiating with the group that sued it, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Google and Copiepresse, a trade group that represents French- and German-language Belgian publishers, will ask the court at an appeals hearing on July 17 for an extension so they can have more time to negotiate, the report says.

Copiepresse sued Google last year alleging that the search giant's use of headlines and snippets of Belgian newspaper articles in its Google News aggregation service, and its practice of providing links to cached copies of the articles in its main Web search results, violated copyright. A Belgian court sided with Copiepresse in September, ordering Google to remove the links. The case was reheard and in February the court reaffirmed its earlier ruling.

After the two sides started negotiating earlier this year, Google added the links back into its main search site in May.

Late last year, Google settled with Belgian journalists and photographers.

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