ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol) is a technology that was launched on 29 November 2007 “as a workable, nonproprietary global permissions tool to facilitate the relationship between content owners and search engines”. The protocol should help the relevant parties to avoid litigation like the Google v Copiepresse case in Belgium. ACAP was welcomed by the European authorities and, in particular, by the Information Society Commissioner who publicly encouraged search engines to adopt it.