A month after a Belgian court rules in favor of local newspaper companies against Google, Infoworld reports that MSN is in talks with the newspaper publishers group Copiepresse over the rights to publish their content on its site. Copiepresse argues that search engine companies are profiting unfairly by posting content from its members’ newspapers on their sites, where they often sell advertising…. this contention is both for the general search and news search.
Last month the group won a ruling that required Google to remove the French and German language newspapers published in Belgium from its site. Google complied, but has also appealed the ruling and is set to argue its case Nov. 24.