The newspapers that asked and obtained in court their removal from Google Cache and Google News respectively, have been erased from the Google result pages alltogether (Le Soir, La Libre…). That is… on the Belgian version:
The court ruling did not order to take them out of the Search Engine Result Pages… just the removal of the cached pages and the excerpts from Google News… One might be tempted to interpret “all their sites” as including the
Is Google “taking revenge” by removing them from the index alltogether? And is it just a matter of time before they disappear from the the non-Belgian versions as well, or does Google consider the Belgian court not to have any authority on their non-Belgian sites?
To be continued…
- Further international reporting: PaidContent, Matthew Ingram, GMSV, SEW Blog
- I corrected my statement in yesterday’s posting on a necessary prior consent from a publisher before its content can be indexed. The wording of the verdict really focuses on excerpts (in Google News) or copies (in the Google cached pages) of content. It does however still ignore the practice of the NOCACHE, NOARCHIVE robot tags and again raises questions on what is considered fair use for news aggregators.