• Durant Imboden

    Maybe Google should offer to suspend Google News linking to German news sites for a week or so, just as a demonstration of how the change would affect publishers and users. This might make it easier for German lawmakers (and news publishers) to see the positive or negative impact of the proposed new law.

  • http://www.androider.de/ Johannes “Jojo” Siemers

    They would just hurt the small publishers who probably don´t want the LSR anyway. The big newspapers will probably prefer such a world. Nothing to win for Google there.

    The LSR will just hurt Germany and get the news publishers nothing. Anybody who will try to get money from Google will just get kicked out.

    While this would be a really dumb law, there are a few good laws in Germany, too. So it seems that Google will not bring the new “pirating” image search to Germany.

  • http://twitter.com/AdrianKnoll Adrian Knoll

    If the media channel in Germany support this move they are definitely stupid.
    The search engines brings traffic that they couldn’t even dream about in the pre-internet era. Instead of utilizing the traffic, investing in bringing more traffic and utilizing it to make money, they want to charge money from their free-of-charge traffic creator. THIS IS DUMB!

  • http://twitter.com/Jehochman Jonathan Hochman

    If in Germany the search engines assumed absence of robots.txt to be a denial of permission, and presence of “Allow” to mean they could list news snippets, would this change things very much? Publishers could “Allow” if they wanted to participate in search engines, or “Disallow” or remain silent, if they did not want to participate. Is the law doing anything other than flipping the default condition from “Allow” to “Disallow”?