Google fined for copyright breach

A Paris’ appeal court has found against Google on four counts in a case brought by several content rights owners. Google was ordered to pay €430,000 damages and court costs.

The material – which included Arte and Canal Plus co-productions – appeared in Google searches and Google video even after the plaintiffs had notified the search company.  Online providers in Europe are protected from copyright infringement claims by a safe harbour arrangement, in article 14 of Europe’s e-commerce directive, if they act after receiving notification of transgression.

Goolge has appealed.

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