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    German lawmakers condemn Google campaign against copyright law

    Senior German politicians have denounced as propaganda a campaign by Google to mobilize public opinion against proposed legislation to let publishers charge search engines for displaying newspaper articles.

    Internet lobbyists say they are worried the German law will set a precedent for other countries such as France and Italy that have shown an interest in having Google pay publishers for the right to show their news snippets in its search results.Lawmakers in Berlin will debate the bill in the Bundestag (lower house) on Thursday. Google says the law would make it harder for users to retrieve information via the Internet.
    Google launched its campaign against the bill on Tuesday with advertisements in German newspapers and a web information site called "Defend your web".
    "Such a law would hit every Internet user in Germany," Stefan Tweraser, country manager for Google Germany, said in a statement. "An ancillary copyright means less information for consumers and higher costs for companies."

    The campaign has caused outrage among some members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right coalition.
    "The campaign initiated by Google is cheap propaganda," said conservative lawmakers Guenter Krings and Ansgar Heveling.

    "Under the guise of a supposed project for the freedom of the Internet, an attempt is being made to coopt its users for its own lobbying," the two said in a statement.
    Supporters of the law argue that newspaper publishers should be able to benefit from advertising revenues earned by search engines using their content.

    Under the plans, publishers would get a bigger say over how their articles are used on the Internet and could charge search engines for showing articles or extracts.
    German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, a member of the Free Democrats (FDP) who share power in Merkel's government, said she was astonished that Google was trying to monopolize opinion-making. She is responsible for the law.

    "PANIC MONGERING"
    Germany's newspaper industry, suffering from economic slowdown and keen to get its hands on any revenues it can, backs the plans and railed against Google's campaign.
    "The panic mongering from Google has no justification," Germany's BDZV newspaper association said in a statement.

    "The argument from search engine companies that Internet searching and retrieval will be made more difficult is not serious. Private use, reading, following links and quoting will be possible, just as before."
    German lawmakers condemn Google campaign against copyright law | Reuters

    Google is under fire from everywhere, they seems to act with their own way without regards for the others. 2 years ago this corporation was OK, now they are wild.

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    Google is as Google does.

    I think Google should be paying site owners for the copyrighted images they steal from web sites without permission and then post in Google Images.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Funny that everyone wants the content for free.
    Yet expects someone else to pay for that content.

    Myself?
    Let google quit grabbing stuff from any site.

    That way, people will just see urls, no descriptions, etc.

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    I am a photographer and I have a lot of my own work on my web sites. I always block Google's image spider in the robots.txt. That does work.

    Code:
    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Disallow: /
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I am a photographer and I have a lot of my own work on my web sites. I always block Google's image spider in the robots.txt. That does work.

    Code:
    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Disallow: /
    That is too darn simple for any company, newspaper, webmaster, etc.!
    Why no one uses it to block google from stealing.

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    Well the problem with blocking google from scrapping is that other scrappers will be considered like the legitimate copyright holders, same thing with contents, videos, etc

    I remember to caught people stealing my contents in youtube, man the girl counter my notice and these youtube staff idiots trusted her, so my only option was shut up or go to a federal court and pay a couple thousands to a lawyer. That's just great to caught a thief and be considered at the end the thief. The hunter becomes the prey and my article do not rank anymore, I should thank these youtube staff idiots.

    Just to add insult to injury, the girl didn't bother to go after my hosting which tells the true story. If she ever tried, I've got all the digital files and the copywriter bill to prove my good faith that she posted my article days after my article was live on my site. Plus when you take a look at the video description which contain my article, you can easily find that other contents were also stolen from other sites.

    Hey good job youtube.
    Last edited by Franc Tireur; 30 November, 2012 at 16:18 PM.

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    So why didn't the Germans invent their own "Google"?
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Dammann View Post
    So why didn't the Germans invent their own "Google"?
    I think they've got their own search engines according to this site: Find Germany search engines with Search Engine Colossus

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    Hmm any idea what percentage of Germans uses which?

    ---------- Post added at 18:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 18:37 PM ----------

    But regardless: Google is the top SE in the world. So, I do not doubt Germans could develop something competitive. But why have they not done so?
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Dammann View Post
    Hmm any idea what percentage of Germans uses which?

    ---------- Post added at 18:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 18:37 PM ----------

    But regardless: Google is the top SE in the world. So, I do not doubt Germans could develop something competitive. But why have they not done so?
    I believe that google is the top SE, but regarding the last years, they are much more destructive than innovator.
    I don't know if they have the financial support of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citibank, Deutsche bank behind their seach engines, perhaps Deutsche bank...

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