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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]
Manuel Höferlin, a member of the FDP on the Legal Committee considering the issue, spoke out in support of the change. "The compromise can be implemented technically and provides search engines with legal certainty." He added that all parties had an interest in permitting short descriptive texts. Höferlin added that a limit on the length of snippets would ensure that users would know what to expect when they clicked on a link while at the same time ensuring that visiting that article would not be made superfluous by the description.
What the new draft does not stipulate, however, is the precise definition of the length permitted. Instead, the draft refers to legal precedents set for thumbnail photos used by search engines. Germany's high administrative court recently ruled that search engines are permitted to use thumbnails of images on media websites and that the practice doesn't constitute copyright violation.
Google didn´t bring the new image search to Germany and probably won´t do that in the future
The whole issue is idiotic because most search engines provide the technology for the website to dictate if the content is indexed (NOINDEX) or whether even a snippet appears (NOSNIPPET) in the first place.
If it's an RSS feed, the website controls whether it's a full or partial feed as well.
Right or wrong?
In virtually every other area of business [...] Right or wrong?