Publishers v Search Engines and the reproduction of content

Global publishers, fearing that Web search engines such as Google are encroaching on their ability to generate revenue, plan to launch an automated system for granting permission on how to use their content. Buoyed by a Belgian court ruling this week that Google was infringing on the copyright of French and German language newspapers by reproducing article snippets in search results, the publishers said on Friday they plan to start testing the service before the end of the year.

Read this Reuters article from ZDNet with commentary from Ars, ZDNet and Google themselves.

Previously from WNM:
Is Google your search engine and/or your “content partner”…?;
News aggregation gets fuzzy;
Newspapers as search engines, promoting their own content

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