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Google Settles With Two Belgian News Groups

Law360 (November 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Easing its legal troubles in Europe, Google Inc. reached a deal with two journalist groups in Belgium that sued the world’s largest search engine to prevent it from providing links to their news content and pictures.

On Friday, Google announced the agreement with copyright groups Sofam (Societe Multimedia des Auteurs des Arts Visuels)—which represents around 3,700 photographers—and SCAM (Societe Civile des Auteurs Multimedia)—which represents around 20,000 reporters.

The deal will allow Google to resolve part of a copyright lawsuit that forced it to remove Belgian French...
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