Germany Wants To Charge Search Engines To Use News Excerpts
I bet they want to "contain" these debates!As in the UK, Germany is proposing “normal” private re-users of web news article summaries be exempt from royalties. But, whilst the UK mechanism avoids charging Google News because it targets only pay-for news aggregators, Germany’s proposal mentions both search engines and news aggregators.
The debate over whether search engines should pay for the privilege of crawling and using excerpts has been a long-running one that Google has sought to contain on multiple fronts…
Good idea or bad one?
What about other data like definitions, current weather, flight info, price comparisons etc. that Google now shows straight in the SERPs?