Documakers claim work was exhibited on site unlawfully

BRUSSELS — A Paris court has fined Google €430,000 ($600,000) plus costs over four cases of copyright infringement, according to French press agency AFP.

Judgments were handed down in January and February by the court of appeal in Paris. AFP broke the story after consulting court documents Tuesday.

Cases were brought by the producers of three documentaries, including Jonathan Nossiter’s “Mondovino,” plus an unidentified photographer.

They complained that Google’s search engine was providing access to sites screening their films without permission. The docus could also be viewed directly on the Google Video site.

According to AFP, Google acted on requests to remove the material, but it subsequently reappeared.

The company is reported to be considering an appeal.

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