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German Proposal For Search Engines To Pay For Displaying Publishers’ Text Snippets Gets 2nd Reading, Google Rails Against “Mad Law”

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http://techcrunch.com – Google is sounding a warning klaxon about a proposed law change in Germany which aims to strengthen copyright law for press publishers by requiring search engines and online news aggregators to pay a royalty to display snippets of copyrighted text — such as the first paragraph of an article displayed within a Google News search. If the ancillary copyright law passes, fines would be imposed for unlicensed use of publishers’ snippets. The draft ancillary copyright law (online here in German) gets its second reading today (German law requires three readings before a law can be passed) (IT news)