German Government Asks Users to Boycott Google

The currently discussed law suggests changes to Germany's copyright law that would enable large publishers to charge Google for the common first sentence or paragraph of an article that appears in search results.

Google Germany has reacted with a video ("Defend your Net") that encourages users to voice their opinion against the proposed law as it would threaten a user's ability to find content. The video ends with the statement

For more than 10 years you can find everything that moves you.
A proposed law is designed to change that.
Do you want that?
Get involved.

Germany's government, however, believes that Google isn't playing fair and basically asked people in Germany to boycott Google. In a tweet, Secretary of Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger wrote that "there are other search engines than Google". The BDZV und VDZ, which represent Germany's print and online publishers as industry organizations, accused Google to use "perfid methods" to create fear among consumers and described Google's video as "slander".

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  • john15v16
    OK..sooooo since Google has most of the search market world wide Mrs. Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger thinks that it's hurting German publishers to have their work easily accessible across the planet...I'm just not getting the logic behind this. I mean, Google isn't giving away entire books or chapters or even paragraphs for that matter...What folks would do for a Deutsche Mark...
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  • blazorthon
    I'd describe what the German government said about Google to be slander and a lie about what Google said, but that's me. Google disagreeing with them over a law being made to screw with Google should be a given. If anything ,they probably could have resolved any issue by talking with Google about this privately until they had a greater need to go public. It's not fair to users nor Google to just throw something like that out there IMO. I'd say the same about Microsoft if they did this to Bing, especially since both are not trying to falsify search results AFAIK.
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  • cats_Paw
    I hardly belive ive ever seen google do something i disagree with. I mean, most companies fak you in the ass ( excuse my language ) every single day, while google most of the time just gives you a poke in the arm.

    Its hard to really be on the side of govermnets that "allowed" the world to become such a mess.
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  • blazorthon
    I'd describe what the German government said about Google to be slander and a lie about what Google said, but that's me. Google disagreeing with them over a law being made to screw with Google should be a given. If anything ,they probably could have resolved any issue by talking with Google about this privately until they had a greater need to go public. It's not fair to users nor Google to just throw something like that out there IMO. I'd say the same about Microsoft if they did this to Bing, especially since both are not trying to falsify search results AFAIK.
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  • john15v16
    OK..sooooo since Google has most of the search market world wide Mrs. Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger thinks that it's hurting German publishers to have their work easily accessible across the planet...I'm just not getting the logic behind this. I mean, Google isn't giving away entire books or chapters or even paragraphs for that matter...What folks would do for a Deutsche Mark...
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  • cats_Paw
    I hardly belive ive ever seen google do something i disagree with. I mean, most companies fak you in the ass ( excuse my language ) every single day, while google most of the time just gives you a poke in the arm.

    Its hard to really be on the side of govermnets that "allowed" the world to become such a mess.
    20