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France’s Union of the National Daily Press (SPQN) is taking a keen interest in a draft law, approved by Germany’s cabinet last week, which would require aggregators such as Google News that reproduce snippets of text from news articles to pay a copyright fee to publishers, reported Le Monde on Tuesday.

The German draft law, backed by major publishing houses Axel Springer and Bertelsmann, has been nicknamed the “Lex Google” in France. Initially put forth by the Federation of German News Publishers, its intention is to allow publishers to recover some of the advertising revenue that they say is lost to aggregators who reproduce “pirated” content from news organizations’ websites as teasers on their news pages.


Emma Knight


2012-09-05 12:16

In an ironic twist, a 60-year-old totalitarian government known for its virtually absolute control on its population's external communications has accused the world's most widely used free Internet search engine of curtailing freedom of information, The Associated Press reported today.

China, which tied for second to last place in Freedom House's 2009 index of Internet liberty, complained that from Wednesday through Friday attempts to link to People's Daily when listed among Google search results returned a warning that proceeding to the government-run publication could harm the user's computer because it contained corrupted software, Trading Markets reported today.

"After double checking, there is no malicious software detected on our Web site, and until now Google has not given us any explanation on this matter," Pan Jiang, the director of the books channel of, the official Web site of People's Daily, told the Global Times Monday.


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-10-27 16:28

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