Does Google Really Need News Media Content?
Posted: 11/5/2012 | By: Frédéric Filloux | The Guardian
The European press got itself in a bitter battle against Google.
In a nutshell, legacy media want money from the search engine: first,
for the snippets of news it grabs and feeds into its Google News
service; second, on a broader basis, for all the referencing Google
builds with news media material. In Germany, the Bundestag is working on
a bill to force all news aggregators to pay their toll; in France, the
executive is pushing for a negotiated solution before year-end. Italy is
more or less following the same path.