A crazy ill-defined proposed law in Germany that would limit search engines like Google -- and maybe social networks -- and maybe even bloggers -- from linking to news content without express permission took another step forward yesterday.
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- ha, I couldn't care less. teh news ist just copied from american sites and then translated. big whoopieJan 31, 2013
- sure... and the russian news are just translated copies from the german news... and the chinese do just translate those russian news... O_o and you know what? The Australians re-translate these chinese news into australian english...Jan 31, 2013
- The practical effect of such a law would be to boost traffic for the big-name publishers (who'd know how to opt in) at the expense of smaller bloggers and publishers (who might not understand how to opt in or might not have an easy way of doing so unless Google and other search engines built "opt in" into their Webmaster tools).
It seems to me that this law would give Google--the leading search engine--a perfect justification for PFI (pay for inclusion). Google could impose a sliding scale of service fees for German publishers who wanted to be included in its Google News results, starting at zero for very small publishers, bloggers, etc. and rising to, say, 100,000 euros a month for megapublishers like Springer. Google could justify this by saying that it would help to level the playing field while protecting free access to a wide variety of news sites and blogs by the German public.Jan 31, 2013
- Good postJan 31, 2013
- It would give them that excuse and those advantages. And it's notable that despite this, they're fighting the law.Jan 31, 2013
- Maybe they shouldn't have caved when the Belgian newspaper publishers demanded payoffs.In December, Jeff John Roberts wrote a piece for PaidContent.org titled "Did Google pay Belgian newspapers a $6M copyright fee? Sure looks like it." In it, he said:"The danger...is that the rest of Europe will soon be beating a path to Google’s door demanding similar payouts." (Soon? They already are.)Jan 31, 2013