Search Engines And Online News Aggregators Could Have To Pay To Use Snippets From Newspapers In Germany

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By: Out-Law.com

The parties in Germany’s ruling coalition have proposed a new protective copyright law for news publishers to ensure they are compensated by “commercial traders” that use pieces of their copyrighted content online, according to an automated translation of a document (15-page / 91KB PDF) recently published by the parties.

The snippets would be copyright protected for one year, although individuals will be allowed to use the material for private use without having to pay royalties, it said.

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