Google Goes Nuclear, Shuts Down Google News in Spain

257220818_0f66f13c93_m[1]Spanish publishers won another round this week in the eternal fight to prevent their content from being discovered and shared online.

Google announced yesterday that they are shutting down their Google News search engine in Spain. The search engine giant is anticipating changes to Spanish copyright law which will make it impossible to link to a news story without paying a license fee.  Continue reading

If You Don’t Own The Platform, You Don’t Control It Either

9771579591_bc18b61795_oTumblr has just given us a graphic example of why independence, even if it comes at a cost, is still better than relying the generosity of a free service provider.

Sarah Moon reported on her blog earlier today that Tumblr had recently taken away a URL which she had been using for several years in order to give it to an advertiser (or at least a potential one): Continue reading

UK Moves to Solve Orphan Works Problem by Adopting a Compulsory License System

web-copyright-2[1]Copyright may be one of the underpinnings of the publishing industry but it has clay feet: orphan works. It's not uncommon for a really old work, or old personal documents, to sit molding in an archive because the copyright holder either can't be identified or can't be reached.

To solve that problem, the UK is implementing a license scheme which is expected to make up to 91 million works available for public use, including cultural artifacts which literally had no owner: Continue reading

The EU’s Proposed New Google Tax Would Hurt Too Many and Help Too Few

Gunther-Oettinger[1]Many legacy publishers have turned an envious eye on Google's ad revenues, and now it seems they've found an ally in EU's new Digital Commissioner.

Günther Oettinger is going to start his new 5 year term as a commissioner next week, and he recently gave an interview and shared a few details about his plans and goals. GigaOm first caught the story yesterday. It was originally published in German, so I'll quote GigaOm's summary:

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EU High Court Rules that Embedding a Video is Not Copyright Infringement (Except When it IS)

d2448a9938c648598ecc6e75c0485e5b-800[1]In its quest to generate more billable hours for attorneys, the European Court of Justice ruled last week that Europeans  might not have broken copyright law by embedding a Youtube clip from their favorite show in a blog post. Continue reading

German Publishers Cave, Grant Google Free Permission to Use Snippets in Search Results

google-germany-logo-06[1]Google's 4-month-long fight with German news publishers over license fees for search result snippets came to a close today when the publishers threw in the towel.

VG Media, the rights management firm which 200 German publishers had intended to use to collect the fees, announced on Wednesday that they would be granting Google a free license to use the snippets, saying that they were "forced to this extraordinary step, given the overwhelming market power of Google". Continue reading

Appeals Court Overturns GSU Library Fair Use Case – But For Good Reasons

4131837946_c83b57d877[1]A key fair use ruling was overturned a couple days ago, but you won't find me crying into my bran flakes this morning.

Copyright Librarian and Techdirt reported on Friday that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its ruling in Cambridge University Press et. al. v. Patton, the 2008 copyright infringement lawsuit which is otherwise known as "the Georgia State library case". Continue reading