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The Latest On Google’s Battle With Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links

Schmidt heads to France, Brazilian publishers not missing Google

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A week ago, we wrote about the battles Google is facing with publishers, specifically in France and Brazil. In France, lawmakers have poposed a law which would require search engines like Google to pay publishers to license content just so they can link to it in Google News search results Google threatened to stop linking to publishers. In Brazil, the majority of newspaper publishers simply pulled out of Google News.

A new report from Quartz says that Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is traveling to Paris next week “to discuss the issue”. The publication spoke with France’s minister of technology Fleur Pellerin:

“We don’t want to appear as a country that is anti-Google,” Pellerin told me in Boston today. “Obviously Google is a wonderful tool and Google is a major actor of the digital ecosystem.”

“What I would suggest—and what I’m going to suggest to Google and to the press–is to start negotiating, to start discussions for maybe three months, and try to find an agreement on a negotiated basis,” Pellerin continued. “And if they don’t, well we’ll see.”

Meanwhile, in Brazil, the publishers who have pulled out of Google News seem to be getting by just fine without it. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, which originally reported on the issue, is now reporting that these publishers have only seen a decrease in web traffic of 5%. Isabela Fraga and Natalia Mazotte report:

“The (newspapers) themselves believed that the 5-percent loss was a price worth paying to defend our authors’ rights and our brands,” said Ricardo Pedreira, ANJ’s executive director in a phone interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

“The fact is, Google News is absolutely irrelevant in Brazil,” said Carlos Müller, ANJ’s communications advisor. “If you go into Google News now and search for (Brazil’s) President Dilma, you’re going to see that none of the websites of the main newspapers in the country are there.”

“It’s important to point out,” he added, “that the portals of some news companies are still (in Google News).”

Irrelevant. Ouch.

It will be interesting to see if this influences publishers in other parts of the world, and if so, how much that really hurts Google, which always has thousands more sources and an entire blogosphere at its disposal, not to mention YouTube and Google+.

The Latest On Google’s Battle With Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links
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  • http://www.cobwebseo.com/ Ajay Jhunjhunwala

    Nothing goes to Google. I don’t understand why Google will participate in a negotiation? Google done the right thing, omitting all newspaper links form Google news. New paper visitors fall 5%, but i think this percentage will decrease more in coming days if the situation continues.

  • http://www.cobwebseo.com/ Ajay Jhunjhunwala

    Nothing goes to Google. I don’t understand why Google will participate in a negotiation? Google done the right thing, omitting all newspaper links form Google news. Newspaper visitors fall 5%, but i think this percentage will increase more in coming days if the situation continues.

  • http://thecomputergal.com Nora McDougall-Collins

    I sure hope that WebProNews doesn’t feel that linking to your content is “stealing.” In fact, I just linked to this article on my Facebook page; so, my students could read it :-)

  • http://Mabuzi.com kevin

    So many battles to be fought on copyright issues.

  • http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com Mike Budd

    I am sure that this is the beginning of a huge economical war between Google and some states like France in Europe, not only about this topic, copyrights, but globally about taxes: after Germany and now France many European states want to tax major web actors such as Google and Amazon because these companies make huge profits thanks to their local “presence” but pay no tax because they are not located in these countries (and they pay the best experts for fiscal optimization). Considering the current crisis in Europe there is no doubt that the governments will ask for a part of these revenues.

  • Steve

    Their loss. They don’t understand. Google is a big source of traffic for them, but they act like Google is stealing content…

  • Guy

    I am agree with it, google must pay to publishers and to webmasters if want to display our content. It can be done with money or with guaranteed traffic. Otherwise after that funny animals we will close our sites from googlebot and will orientate on bing. Just because we will live in peace, without stupid google stress.

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