BRUSSELS, Belgium – A group of Belgian newspapers has asked Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) to remove links to their archived stories from its Web search service, claiming they infringe copyright laws, their lawyers confirmed Friday.
In a statement, Yahoo! France insisted it "respects the copyright of content owners" and said it would "respond in an appropriate manner" to the complaint.
The legal warning was sent to Yahoo! France by lawyers acting for Copiepresse, a copyright protection group representing 19, mostly French-language, newspapers.
They complain that the search engine's "cached" links offered free access to archived articles that the papers usually sell on a subscription basis.
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