• Durant Imboden

    OK, so why don’t search engines in Germany simply require that publishers opt in if they want stories indexed? Am I missing something?

  • http://wordpressexamples.com/ WordpressExamples

    Link tax, my Gawd… their government officials really have nothing else to do?

  • Flemming Kaasgaard

    This is quite an exiting topic to follow – there’s widespread debate in many parts of Europe about how the publishers should be reimbursed by i.e. Search Engines. To me, this looks a lot like the whole SOPA thing in the US, in how the debate and legislation is run.
    On one side, there’s a lot of lobbying by major newspapers, who feel their rights (and revenue streams) are being broken. On the other hand, there’s mainly Google, who seems very ill equipped for lobbying.
    And just like SOPA, most of the public are completely unaware – and uncaring – about the debate, since it this far has no influence on the user side.

    The logical step for Google would be to ramp up lobbying, do a bit of PR, and then start de-indexing news sites who does not wan’t Google to ‘scrape’ their content. News is not major use of Google, and certainly not a major revenue stream, so it should be easy to squeeze traditional media into submission – they just need to get the consumers on their side first.

  • http://twitter.com/gsterling Greg Sterling

    The publishers want their sites to be found, they just don’t want any of their content to be used by third parties, esp. Google, whom may of them blame for their current problems.

  • http://www.nathanielbailey.co.uk/ Nathaniel Bailey

    Isn’t google news something you have to sign up for to have your news content published on? So if these guys news is displaying on google news isn’t it because they have asked for it to be?

    As for it showing in the general SERPs, again do these news papers not know how to tell google not to index/rank them?

    This really shouldn’t be as hard to fix as the news people are making it sound, simply don’t submit your news sites to google and it wont show them!

    And I’m sure if news site report scrapper sites to google they will happy to remove them of content theft, no?!