German news publishers file complaint against Google

German news publishers have lodged a complaint against Google for not paying publishers for news article “snippets” that come up in search results, Zeit and The Guardian reported.

The complaints by the Federation of Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) and Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) come as newspaper revenue declines and calls for publishers’ copyright increase.

A similar complaint against Google was filed in 2007 by Belgian newspapers, through the Copiepresse group. They won, forcing the Internet giant to remove their articles from Google News.

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