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Translation: Today Google is starting an ad campaign in newspapers and on web sites and in taxis against the dreaded Leistungschutzrecht, a ridiculous law that would allow publishers to charge web sites for quoting snippets of text. The Google campaign takes its inspiration from blogger +Mario Sixtus saying that the Leistungschutzrecht would be akin to a restaurant demanding a fee of a taxi driver who brought a diner to its door. Thus, ads on 600 Berlin taxis [pictures, please].
 
Wer in den nächsten Tagen in Berlin Taxi fährt, liest auf den Kopfstützen vor sich möglicherweise folgendes Zitat: „Mit der gleichen Logik könnte ein Restaurantbesitzer von Taxifahrern Geld verlangen, die ihm Gäste bringen.“ So treffend fasste Mario @Sixtus die absurde Idee des geplanten #leistungsschutzrechts  für Presseverlage zusammen. Beteiligt Euch weiter an der Debatte zum #lsr, ob im Taxi oder anderswo! http://goo.gl/1V9c7 
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I wish I could re-share your re-share comments, but I'm too lazy to do it manually. 
 
Is that about the same thing as the French were trying to push? Or is it completely different?
 
Jeff, I can't get that song out of my head every time you write or say that word. 
 
Over time, Big Data will make it evident where an idea originated and track its many splinters. It seems likely that Leistungschu tzrecht will self-destruct as a result of discovering its "original" content, is not.
 
Wouldn't it be interesting if Google blanked out all of the "quoted" text in their search results, that little snippet below the link, for a day. It could then charge a fee to sites, equivalent to that under the new law, to display the snippets. It could claim it was recovering costs. The publications would then notice an enormous drop in activity on their sites. And reduced ad revenues. It would be a real demonstration of the impact this crazy law would have.
 
Does that mean you're going to charge us a fee for re- sharing this post Jeff
 
+Greg Thomson I was thinking exactly the same thing. And then I saw your post. They should totally black out the results of the publications that are pushing for the law. The only problem I can see after doing that is that they'd probably get sued for discrimination against those sites. 
 
Reggae tune in the background please!
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