26 Nov '14, 4pm

German Legislator Calling For Google Breakup Has Serious Conflict Of Interest

German Legislator Calling For Google Breakup Has Serious Conflict Of Interest

The German member of the European Parliament behind the call to break up Google, Andreas Schwab, has a conflict of interest. According to the NY Times , he has ties to and earns money from a German law firm that represents anti-Google publishing interests in Germany. German publishers lobbied for the passage of the “ancillary copyright” law intended to exact licensing revenue from Google for indexing their content. So far, however, it has totally backfired. Under European rules, apparently, Mr. Schwab only has a duty to disclose the law firm relationship. He’s not barred from maintaining it while in Parliament. He’s also apparently not prevented from sponsoring resolutions or legislation that may be indirectly tied to interests the law firm represents — as in this case. If the European Parliament had legal authority to initiate a Google breakup this would be a very serious...

Full article: http://searchengineland.com/german-legislator-calling-goo...

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