Germans want cartel authority to stand up to Google

Tue 19 January 2010 09:00, Bas van den Beld

Germans want cartel authority to stand up to Google

Let's make a bet. How long do you think before Google says "enough is enough, we are leaving Germany"? It might take a while, but the Germans seem to be doing all but one thing to get Google out of Germany. The only thing they are not doing is not using the search engine.

According to The Next Web Google Germany has confirmed that "the German newspaper publishers association (BDZV), Microsoft owned Ciao and online maps service Euro-Cities AG called the German cartel authorities to investigate Google’s business practices, for various different reasons.". After all the steps against Google in the past this is another stab to Google.

Google is taking away the publishers' 'valuable content'. With the publication of the content in search results Google is therefore mis-using the intellectual property rights. At least that what the publishers say.

Google off course has another opinion and believes things won't be that bad. Google Germany spokesman Kay Oberbeck says:

“We would be happy to explain our products and business practices to the German authorities and are confident, that they fully comply with German and European law.”

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  • I have enormous respect for each individual at Google. I think that they are good individuals. But I believe (being a Brit) that when we ruled the world, we were basically a good bunch. Clearly, the rest of the world disagreed and we lost our empire.

    The undercurrent of Google dissent does seem to be a function of size, rather than one of bad intent by anyone at the 'plex. That means that Cartel or Monopoly checking systems are the right place or the checks and balances. US companies, though, (not just Goohle) have a different cultural attitude to "Monopolies" compared to Europe. Seems that monopolies are fine in the USA. (As long as it isn't called the Communist Party, of course.)

    Di 19 jan 2010, 09:36

  • @Bas, Google will never ever leave Germany. This is one of their biggest markets.

    In France is a simular discussion going on.

    Di 19 jan 2010, 09:46

  • @Henk, I don't think they will either, but the Germans seem to want them out if you look at how they are going at it these days.

    But I believe Dixon is right here. Its a difference in culture mostly. In the US Google has no problems with the way they do business, in Europe however they run into some 'trouble' with exactly the same business strategy.

    Di 19 jan 2010, 10:53

  • Well, being German, I'd say we have the most incapable government in terms of new media / internet. It's a really really sad story and I guess none of us, working in the tech. industry, is proud of that.

    Anyway, since it really looks like German government is doing their best to kick Google out of the country, their next step might be asking for help in China - they already succeeded in this case... ;-)

    Di 19 jan 2010, 11:25


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