Google Scores Win on German Copyright Legislation

Last week, the Germany’s newspaper industry, including companies like Axel Springer AG, wanted to copyright their news articles so that powerful search engines, namely Google, would not be able to profit from posting links to news articles. This bill would be the newspaper industry’s first step to profiting from any clicks through search engines. However, Google’s lobbyists were able to convince German lawmakers that the original copyright bill would prevent Google’s search engine from performing at the best of its capabilities. Several other industries, such as technology and business groups, also supported Google by criticizing terms written in the copyright bill. Ultimately, Google was able to win because the final version of the copyright bill allows Google to post small sections of each news article. This incident depicts the influence large companies like Google have over legislatures. At the same time, the world is still valuing innovation and information over legal rights.

Written By: Melody Mark

Source:

Fuhrmans, Vanessa. “Google Scores Win on German Copyright Legislation.” The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 4 Mar. 2013. Web. 4 Mar. 2013.

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