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European News Publishers Take on Google

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 2:57 PM

In the news: French and German publishers want to be paid for excerpts of their content appearing on Google, but Google is playing hardball.

Publishers in France and Germany want Google to pay them copyright fees when their content shows up in its search index, reports Jessica Davies of Digiday.com. But Google is pushing back, setting up a protracted fight between the two sides. "As of [September 25], unless a French publisher specifically says that it wants Google to do so, the search giant will no longer include short excerpts from news stories in its results. Instead, there will just be a headline," reports Mathew Ingram of the Columbia Journalism Review. The move comes in response to France's recent new law that requires internet companies to pay publishers for running even brief excerpts on webpages and in search results.

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