Google In Trouble With Germans For Copyright Infringement

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

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    To Avoid Liability, Google Limits German News Content To Headlines
    Google moves in response to repeated licensing demands

    German news and magazine publishers are determined, one way or another, to get Google to pay them for their content. They're not upset about the content appearing in Google News or search. They want it to appear - they just want Google to pay for it.

    But Google doesn't want to pay... :D

    And there's no U.S.-style "fair use" copyright exception in Germany.

    The publishers had originally sought to enshrine what amounts a "link tax" in German law last year. However they were unsuccessful in establishing such a content toll. They did succeed in passing an "ancillary copyright" law in the German parliament in 2013.

    The law allows Google and other search engines to show only "single words or very small text excerpts" before licensing fees would potentially be applicable. Under the law publishers are given exclusive rights to commercialize and monetize their content.

    Because of legal ambiguity surrounding the phrase "single words or very small text excerpts," Google initially compelled German publishers to explicitly "opt-in" to Google News or be excluded from results as a protection against potential liability. Publishers opted-in but then pursued an anti-trust complaint against Google arguing they were effectively compelled to waive their copyrights.

    The German antitrust regulator disagreed. Publishers had a choice about whether to opt-in and thus there was insufficient abuse of market power by Google. The publishers were not forced to be part of the index.

    German publishers have also sued Google as a consortium known as "VG Media." Their stated objective is to obtain an 11 percent share of Google's gross revenues that come "directly and indirectly from making excerpts from online newspapers and magazines public."