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[ NNSquad ] "Google Fires a Rare Public Salvo Over Aggregators"

"Google Fires a Rare Public Salvo Over Aggregators"

http://j.mp/Su4VVr  (New York Times)

   "Germany's main technology industry association, the Federal
    Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New
    Media, known as BitKom, has come out sharply against the proposal,
    saying it will curb investment in the German digital economy.  "They
    are planning a law that would be unique worldwide, which would send a
    negative signal to investors: Innovative online services are not
    desired in Germany," said Bernhard Rohleder, chief executive of
    BitKom.  A letter to Bundestag members signed jointly by 16 copyright
    law professors, the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and
    Competition Law, and Grur, an association representing 5,300 German
    copyright lawyers, warned that the law could cost Germany jobs. "There
    is a danger that this law will have unforeseen negative consequences,"
    the letter read."

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The precedent that would be set if Google (or others) have to pay to
index publicly accessible news would be terrible.  Google shouldn't
pay them a nickel on that basis -- or a Euro -- or a pfennig for that
matter.  The German newspapers and magazines don't like it?  Fine --
they don't have to be in Google News.  Bye!

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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