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Google News becomes 'opt in' in Germany

New legislation in Germany means publishers will have to alert Google if they want to stay on Google News.

The development, announced last Friday, is in response to changes in copyright laws passed earlier this year by the German parliament, which limit the amount of a news story accessible to companies like Google to a snippet. Anything more substantial has to be paid for, but with some ambiguity as to what constitutes a snippet, Google has introduced an 'opt in' index for publishers who want to remain on Google News.

Strategic partner development manager at Google Germany, Gerrit Rabenstein, said that "in light of the legal uncertainty that comes from the law, we have introduced a new confirmation system."

In contrast Google outside of Germany operates on an opt-out system. This means that publishers are automatically included in news searches, which Rabenstein claims is supportive of publishers as "we transfer million of readers to their sites by making their content more visible and easier to find."

Source: ZDNet


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