Google grappled

IN MAY a Belgian court upheld an earlier order that Google must remove links to and extracts from French- and German-language Belgian newspapers from its news websites, on the grounds that the search engine makes money from the practice. Google can appeal.

Meanwhile Reuters reported on 11 May that the company had set aside $500 million to settle a US Department of Justice probe into its dominance of online advertising. The European Commission has launched a separate investigation into this. Oh, and rivals in South Korea want one and its offices there were raided on 3 May to collect evidence of alleged illegal gathering of data on mobile users' locations.

And two days later French publishers Gallimard, Flammarion and Albin Michel announced they were suing for €9.8 billion over unauthorised scanning of books.

On 19 May the company insisted that its dropping of a plan to scan newspaper archives was not due to copyright issues: it would focus on helping publishers charge for new online content through its One Pass system.

That's quite separate from its scheme for payments using mobile-phone "virtual wallets", over which PayPal is suing for an undisclosed shedload over breach of trade secrets. Or from its test service to store copies of music libraries online, over which a lawsuit cannot be far away.

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