German publishers capitulate and let Google post news snippets -- for now

German publishers said they are bowing to Google’s market power, and will allow the search engine powerhouse to show news snippets in search results free of charge, at least for the time being.The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google. Publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content. Google however, refuses to share revenue with the publishers.The move follows a Google decision earlier this month to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sitess of Thursday. Google said it that as of Thursday it would just show a link to a story along with the headline, to avoid legal risks. However, the publishers, represented by copyright collective VG Media, said on Wednesday that they are being forced to give Google the “revocable” right to republish their content due to Google’s “overwhelming market power.” This “extraordinary step” was made to prevent revenue losses for the publishers, VG Media said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Continue reading at 'PC World'

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