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Google News in legal trouble in Norway

The kerfuffle surrounding Google News in Belgium might repeat itself, this time in Norway. Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL), which represents more than 160 newspapers, has sent a letter to Google demanding that the company stops using its members’ photos in the Norwegian version of Google News. And MBL is supported by Pressefotografenes Klubb (PK), the Press Photographers’ Association in Norway.

Terje Bringedal of PK tells Journalisten.no:
“If you haven’t got permission from the copyright holder, it’s just pure theft.”

A legal counsel at MBL says that they’re fine with the linking but that Google needs to obtain permission for photos. Bringedal encourages all media that find their photos on Google to take action.

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