Germany is leading a growing European movement to let newspaper publishers charge internet search engines for displaying links to their articles — a move market-leader Google warns could cause an internet news blackout.
The so-called ancillary copyright bill — to be debated by the Bundestag for the first time at the end of November — will give newspaper and magazine publishers the right to stop search engines and news aggregators from linking to their web pages if Google [GOOG 676.01 -11.908 (-1.73%) ] and its rivals refuse to pay royalties for their use.
This move on the part of Germany is part of a larger
Here is a discussion focused more on developments within the US legal framework:
So much of the web is built around aggregation — gathering together interesting and useful things from around the Internet and presenting them in new ways to an audience. It’s the foundation of blogging and social media. But it’s also the subject of much legal debate, particularly among the news organizations whose material is often what’s being gathered and presented.
And another piece on the lawsuit that the American Authors Guild and other writer’s groups raised against Google.
In the latest chapter of the Google-versus-authors thriller, the American Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors and the Québec Union of Writers filed a lawsuit on September 12 against five major universities working with Google on their Google books project. As reported in the New York Times, the lawsuit asserts that “by digitizing, archiving, copying and now publishing the copyrighted works without the authorization of those works’ rights holders, the universities are engaging in one of the largest infringements in history.”