New lawsuit against Google: the largest publications require payments for citing their publications

Published on January 10, 2016

New lawsuit against Google: the largest publications require payments for citing their publications

    The largest European publishers filed a civil lawsuit against Google . The corporation uses the materials of articles for displaying in issuing snippets.

    German publishers are asking the court to make a final decision on whether the search corporation is required to pay royalties for the use of publisher-owned materials. A new lawsuit has been in preparation since October 2015, when publishers once again failed to convince Google of the need for such payments. Once again, the initiator of the proceedings was the leadership of the VG Media media consortium, which includes at least 200 publishers.

    According to statements by representatives of Google, publishers are already receiving a percentage of deductions from ads placed on the pages of their sites, writesReuters But publishers want to get even more payments from the search engine, including for showing excerpts of publications in snippets, they believe.

    Google News , Yahoo! News and similar sites, which, according to publishers, profit from their content, but do not pay for it. In particular, claims to the dominant position of the Google News search service were expressed by the publishing house Axel Springer , whose flagship brand is the tabloid Bild , and News Corp. Owning The Wall Street Journal. In June 2014, more than 200 publishers represented by the same VG Media consortium, including Axel Springer, initiated an arbitration process against Google. Publishers claimed 11% of the company's revenue from publishing excerpts from online newspapers and magazines. Last year, Axel Springer tried to ban the content of its publications on Google News, but publisher resources began to rapidly lose traffic and the ban was lifted.

    The new lawsuit against Google will be the fifth in a row. Earlier publishers' attempts to get payouts from Google have crashed. In particular, at the beginning of 2013, German publishers lobbied for the extension of the Copyright Act to extend to the so-called “news snippets”. But then, thanks to the new law "On auxiliary copyright", Google got the right to use news snippets with content from publisher sites in search results.

    EU regulators planned to discuss the issue on December 10th. They are figuring out whether any action should be taken regarding news aggregators in the light of new copyright initiatives, writesFinancial times. One of the meetings of publishers with representatives of the European Antitrust Authority and other regulators took place in August 2015.

    On October 31, 2014, the Spanish Congress approved amendments to the law on intellectual property. Spanish authorities ordered search engines to pay royalties to publications for publishing excerpts from their materials. Now the feasibility of such an innovation is being discussed in the European Union. However, on December 16, 2014, after the introduction of this tax in Spain, Google News service ceased to operate in the country.