Google News becomes opt-in for German publishers after copyright law change


Since Google News began, publishers have complained that it scrapes their content and offers little in return, letting readers get vital parts of stories as short snippets. In late 2012, the site settled with Belgian publishers after a six-year-long lawsuit, and it recently reached a similar agreement in France. Now, in the wake of a shift in German copyright law, Google is changing the way News operates, at least in one country. As of today, publishers will be asked to confirm whether they want to appear in News results, essentially turning it into an opt-in system.

While Google hopes that publishers will continue to see value in appearing in results, it’s not precisely doing this voluntarily. It’s the result of legislation that could…

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