23 Jun '14, 5pm

German Publishers Try to Force Google to Pay for Links, News Snippets

German publishers say Google and other search engines like Bing and Yahoo are in violation of the country's ancillary copyright law and want them to pay 11 percent of revenues generated from linking to and publishing snippets of their content. Jeff Jarvis first reported on the latest series of demands against search engines by VG Media, a collection agency for copyright holders. What seems most absurd about the demands is that these organizations are getting valuable link juice and visibility from sites like Google and Bing. Also, as Jarvis points out: "Google does not place advertising on Google News. Are the publishers seeking 11 percent of 0?" Jarvis brought up an excellent point when he said, "If the publishers really want a fair exchange of value, then they should also be paying Google for the links — the readers — it sends their way." However, Google's mission of rem...

Full article: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2351629/German-Publi...

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