German Publishers Grant Google A 'Free License' Google Never Needed To Post News Snippets
from the well-that-solves-that dept
Yes, VG Media claimed that using snippets was illegal, but getting rid of them was "blackmail." The logic of a legacy industry.
Taking that logic one step further, VG Media has now decided to (and I'm not making this up) grant Google a "free license" to let Google use the snippets. This whole thing was about money in the first place, and now VG Media isn't getting any money... and it looks ridiculous and foolish for having tried this in the first place. The end result is the same: snippets are in Google News, VG Media publications are getting traffic, but VG Media has made itself look silly.