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Google News in Scandinavia

Only in Norway and Sweden - Denmark left out

3:12 pm on Nov 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google just released [googleblog.blogspot.com] their news service in Scandinavia, but left out Denmark of the equation. This is mainly due to the fact that the Danish newspaper association is clueless as how the web works and have had a court rule in favour of them [webmasterworld.com] telling everyone that it's ILLEGAL to link to the newspapers articles. This was in 2002 and still holds.

So, because of this ackward, brain dead, we-still-live-in-the-1900th-century attitude from the major Danish newspapers, Denmark has no Google News.

I haven't been able to find some English news(!) on this, but plenty of Danish language sites are reporting that Google purposedly left out Denmark because of the court ruling and didn't feel the need to fight the Danish newspapers. Can ya blame Google?

I guess just have to use a regular search engine to dig out the news or visit the newspaper's sites directly - if I can find them! Cuz there sure aint no deeplinks on the web to their articles..


12:33 pm on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Poor you people in Denmark... :(

Google News is working fine here in the Norwegian market. ;)

4:12 pm on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Poor Danish people. Why don't you start a popular movement raising funds for lawyers to challenge the court decision? I would if I were a Dane.

I can vouch for the fact that the Swedish version works just as well as the Norwgian one where I was much encouraged by one of today's Norwegian headlines proclaiming that "Antirøykguru døde av lungekreft" (Anti-smoking guru dies of lung cancer), which I wouldn't have seen if it hadn't been for Google.


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