Google Says German Law Targeting 'Snippets' Would Stifle Web

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 2:34 PM EST) -- A proposed law awaiting consideration in Germany that would forbid search engines from displaying sections of news articles without contracting with their publishers threatens the openness of the Internet and would stifle innovation if adopted, Google Inc. said Tuesday.

In a post on Google’s Europe Blog, Simon Hampton, Google’s director of public policy in Europe, warned of the dangers posed by a proposal before German Parliament that, if effected, would forbid Google and other search engines from displaying “snippets” of full news articles in their search...
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