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European Countries Want Google To Pay For Linking To News Sites

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    Europe takes on Google, looks to Brazil with hope - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 - (click for full article)

    Posted: Oct 31, 2012 2:23 PM EDT
    Updated: Oct 31, 2012 4:53 PM EDT

    By LORI HINNANT
    Associated Press

    "PARIS (AP) - European news organizations bleeding money and readers are trying to avoid extinction by asking governments in France, Germany and Italy to step in and charge Google for using their content in its search results - something the Web giant has always done for free.


    Critics - including, unsurprisingly, Google - say the strategy is shortsighted and self-destructive, and the search engine warns it will stop indexing European news sites if forced to pay. But publishers advocating a "Google tax" aimed at benefiting their industry point to the example of Brazil, where their counterparts abandoned the search engine and say repercussions have been minimal.


    The dispute underscores a fundamental question facing media agencies around the world: Who should benefit from links to online content that is costly to produce and yet generates a fraction of the ad revenue that once allowed newspapers to flourish?"
     
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    After Meeting With Eric Schmidt, France Stands By Threat To Write Law Forcing Google To Pay To Link To News Sites (click for full article)

    Oct 29, 2012 at 8:01pm ET by Matt McGee


    "The French government is digging in its heels.


    After a meeting today with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, French President Francois Hollande reiterated the government's plans to create a new law to force Google to pay when it links to newspaper websites.


    The spat has been going on for a few weeks, since the French government first proposed a law that would require search engines to pay to link to content.


    After the original back and forth, plans were made for today's meeting in Paris. As Reuters is reporting, President Hollande didn't back down. The president reiterated that France would move ahead with the law if Google and French press organizations can't reach a deal that would involve Google paying to link to them. He wants to see a deal in place by the end of the year.


    Google quickly responded to the idea a couple weeks ago, saying such a law would threaten the company's existence and saying it will simply stop linking to news sites if the law passed. "
     
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