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Perhaps it would be easier if search engines wrote bots that respected the law?
Remove them from the index would be my vote.
that would be quite a stupid move by google. the respective news publishers are organized in an association that has lobbied for this intellectual property right ("leistungsschutzrecht"). it essentially now prohibits the use of common snippets from news articles without asking (aka paying which is indeed what they want) and only allows "tiniest text excerpts".
The problem really lies with the amount of data shown in the snippet.
Following legal action in Germany, Google decides to remove text "snippets" and thumbnail previews of images of selected German newspapers
what happens if the papers find that nothing much changes... that they weren't getting much traffic benefit from having their snippets and pictures included in google news. once that gets out then everyone might follow suit.
A more interesting question for me is why so much attention is being focused on Google News while so little is being paid to aggregators like The Huffington Post
Google News have snippets but what if in few years this law was not there and Google would decided to publish more text and pictures?
I'll do it if I were Google, and sooner rather than later...
Google has a worldwide monopoly
Maybe the purpose of this is *exactly* to lose lots of traffic. That way, they can say that Google has a "real" monopoly...
Google certainly doesn't have a monopoly on news in Germany.