28 Feb '13, 11pm

New German Law Will Allow Free “Snippets” By Search Engines, But Uncertainty Remains

The good news for search engines like Google is a proposed German copyright law won’t require them to pay to show short summaries of news content. However, uncertainty remains about how much might be “too much” and require a license. The new law is expected to pass on Friday. Der Spiegel explains more about the change: Google will still be permitted to use “snippets” of content from publisher’s web sites in its search results…. What the new draft does not stipulate, however, is the precise definition of the length permitted. The draft bill introducing an ancilliary copyright for press publishers in Germany (Leistungsschutzrecht or LSR) goes to a final vote at 1oam Germany time on Friday. Below is my background about the hearings that happened this week, which in part lead to the snippets change. From This Week’s Technical Hearing Despite all the procedural and constitution...

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