FILE PHOTO: a Small toy figures are seen in front of a Google logo, in this illustration, the picture, April 8, 2019. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google has won a victory on Thursday, after Europe’s highest court said that in Germany, the Commission set up a rule allowing publishers to demand a copyright fee for the US-based tech giant for the use of news releases.
The case underlines the battle between the publishers and the Alphabet, a unit of Google, the share of the revenues from the dissemination of news.
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 then went on to look at the management of the Luxembourg-based Court of justice of the court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), Europe’s highest.
Germany had to sign up to the EU’s executive-the first is to have decision power, and ECJ judges, it said.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels, and He Laeur, Berlin