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Google wins victory in row with German publishers

22
Aug
2014

A German regulator handed Google Inc a victory on Friday as it said it would not pursue a complaint brought against the internet search engine operator by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles. Several publishers including Axel Springer SE and Burda had banded together in a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their online articles available to the public. The complaint from VG Media did not establish this, Andreas Mundt, president of Germanys Federal Cartel Office, said in a statement on Friday. Under German legislation that came into effect just over a year ago, publishers can prohibit search engines and similar services from using their news articles beyond very short excerpts.

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