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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