engine - 5:30 pm on Mar 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
Google this week ducked a European legislative bullet after lawmakers in Germany reached a compromise to water-down the language of a law that had been described by many as a draconian "Lex Google". When Germany's new "Leistungschutzrecht" ancillary copyright law is sent to parliament for approval on Friday, where it is likely to pass, Google will have one reason less to fear the future.
Under a compromise reached between legislators on Tuesday and approved in parliament's Legal Committee one day later, Google will still be permitted to use "snippets" of content from publisher's web sites in its search results. Publishers had pushed to force the Internet giant to pay a licensing fee even for the snippets of content used to display search results. German Legislators Will Allow Google To Display "Snippets" of Publishers Content [spiegel.de]