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Tom Sanders, Belgian newspapers claim final victory in Google spat, Information World Review, February 14, 2007. Excerpt:
Also see the statement from Rachel Whetstone, Google's European Director of Communications and Public Affairs.
I'm still thinking about how the decision might affect Google's book-digitization projects, especially the opt-out Library project (as opposed to the opt-in Publisher project). Meantime, John Blossom's comment makes good sense:
In short, if you don't know whether Google boosts net sales, then investigate; and if it does boost net sales, then cooperate (and celebrate), don't litigate.
Update. Here's another good comment, from Ben Vershbow:
[The newspaper suit is] an act of stunning shortsightedness....What the Belgians are in fact doing is rendering their papers invisible to a potentially global audience. Instead of lashing out against what is essentially a free advertising service, why not rethink your own ad structure to account for the fact that more and more readers today are coming through search engines and not your front page? While you're at it, rethink the whole idea of a front page. Or better yet, join forces with other newspapers, form your own federated search service and beat Google at its own game.