German Regulator Rejects German Newspapers' Cynical Attempt To Demand Cash From Google
from the nice-try-but-no dept
Back in June we wrote about the ridiculous and cynical attempt by a number of big German newspaper publishers, in the form of the industry group VG Media, to demand 11% of Google’s gross worldwide revenue on any search that results in Google showing a snippet of their content. We noted the hypocrisy of these publishers seeking to do this while at the same time having done nothing to remove themselves from Google’s search — and, in fact, using Google’s tools to help them rank higher in search results. In other words, these publishers know that ranking high helps them… and yet then still demanded cash on top of that.
VG Media had specifically filed an arbitration request with the German government, but it has now been rejected. And, while German regulators didn’t go so far as to say they found the claim laughable, they did the regulator-speak equivalent:
?Sufficient suspicion is always necessary to initiate an abuse procedure. The complaint from VG Media did not establish this,? Andreas Mundt, president of Germany?s Federal Cartel Office, said in a statement on Friday.
Those poor, poor newspapers will just have to go back to accepting free traffic from Google, via Google News (a site that doesn’t have ads in Germany). Whatever will they do now?