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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Content protection law makes Google nervous

The Internet giant Google on Tuesday launched a campaign titled "Defend your net" against the planned intellectual property right for content that will be discussed in the German Bundestag on Thursday. The company wants to avoid having to pay for excerpts of text content that come up in search engine results. Someone is getting nervous now, the left-leaning daily taz comments: "The fact is that Google, quasi a monopolist when it comes to search engines, is not a neutral provider of services for the global online community. …. It is a publicly listed company with a clear goal: growth and maximum profit. … What is interesting is that so far the company has confidently made it clear that it has the upper hand: what newspaper, it has been argued, could afford not to be findable via Google on the World Wide Web? There is some truth to this - and this is what makes Google's volte-face all the more exciting: Does someone actually doubt that it is irreplaceable? … But incidentally this trial of strength won't bring progress on the real key issues, because they are namely the following: how can we protect the Internet against abuse of power by Google - and where can we get a replacement model for journalism on the Internet?"

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