Google wins legal battle with German publishers over compensation

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Google has won a legal battle on Thursday, after Europe’s highest court said a publisher in Germany, the question of the cost of copyright, since 2013, the technology company has, since the European Commission had not been notified of the German regulation.

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The group of publishers said they were asking for as much as 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) from Google as the owner of the English Alphabet at the expense of the copyright for their news releases, and other items produced by the U.S. company over the Web.

The German case highlights the battle fought by the publishers, is looking for a share of the revenue generated from the distribution of news, and in alphabetical order services, including Google News and YouTube.

The European Union has been strengthened with the copyright regulations in April, allowing Google to pay publishers for news articles and Facebook to filter out protected content. The bloc’s 28 members to the implementation of this regulation over the next two years.

In the case of the German, came after the VG Media, a consortium of about 200 editors and publishers, took Google to German court and the use of text, excerpts, images, and videos produced by its members, without having to pay for them.

The lawsuit was based on the German ancillary copyright law has been in effect since August of 2013.

The German court sought guidance from Europe’s highest court, the Luxembourg-based Court of justice of the court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), which ruled that the EU executive was not aware of the German technical rules and regulations.

“In a German clause forbids the internet search engines and directories through a newspaper or magazine cut-outs, without the issuer’s consent, must be taken into account, in the absence of a prior notification to the Commission, a COURT, judges have said.

Commenting on the ruling, ” Google said in a statement: “We are delighted that this has now been cleared up.”

Google previously said that most of the German publishers were allowed to preview content without having to pay, and said that she had enjoyed the freedom of movement of the user will be sent to your site.

At VG Media, called on the federal government to ensure that the implementation of the EU copyright rules to it immediately.

The new European Press, a Publisher, a Right in favour of the press, and the publishers by providing a broader and (more) robust rights in 2013, German law,” the chief executive officer of st. Mark was in Charge of it said in a statement.

In germany, the Ministry of Justice said it would investigate whether the european COURT of justice ruling, and a draft law on the implementation of the new European rules and regulations.

In the case of the C-299/17: VG Media Gesellschaft zur Verwertung der, for the Contents and Leistungsschutzrechte von Medienunternehmen mbH, v,, Google LLC.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels and in The Laeur and Riham Alkousaa in Berlin; Editing by Edmund Blair

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