20 May '13, 4pm

Google News Snippets, YouTube Embedded Videos Face Legal Challenges in Germany

Webmasters will need to be much more careful about quoting content from online German publications after a new online copyright law comes into effect in Germany on August 1. The law, which targets search engines that provide snippets, originally would have given news sites the ability to seek monetary compensation for the supposed lost revenue caused by Google and other search engines when using those snippets. The law had been greatly revamped from the initial proposed law, which would have allowed publishers to charge licensing fees to search engines for the right to publish short snippets from their sites, such as the short snippets that appear in Google News results. If the law had passed in that form, it would have caused significant issues with Google’s ability to run their Google News service in Germany. As offline publications are struggling to move into the digita...

Full article: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2269333/Google-News-...

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