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The Bundeskartellamt has completed the examination of the US internet group Google for copyrights for German publishers. This was announced by the authority on Wednesday, December 21st in Bonn. In the meantime, the digital group had in the meantime subsequent sharpening, among other things, in contractual practice with publishers on the news offer of Google News Showcase. © dpa A lettering with the logo of Google sticks on a glass pane in the Koelnmesse press center. (Archive image)
We were concerned that comparable offers from other providers were replaced by Google News Showcase and that participating publishers could be disadvantaged inappropriately. Andreas Mundt, Federal Cartel Office President Andreas Mundt said: “We were concerned that comparable offers from other providers Developed by Google News Showcase and participating publishers from Google could be disadvantaged inappropriately. Google reacted to our concerns and made significant adjustments to the advantage of the publishers. ”
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At the same time, it was said that the development would be carefully pursued and any complaints of rejected publishers. A Google spokesman said: "We are pleased that the Bundeskartellamt has ended its investigation into Google News Showcase and that we can continue to continue this important program for journalistic content together with our publishing partners."
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Managing Director Markus Runde and Christoph Schwennicke from the recycling company Corint Media, which perceives rights for publishers, announced: “We welcome the conclusion of the investigations by the Federal Cartel Office. Google News Showcase was and is an attempt to avoid the legal rights of press publishers. ”
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This is now much more difficult, even if the decision of the cartel office does not exhaust the possibilities of new competition law. The antitrust examiners also had a conflict between Google and Corint Media and associations around the appropriate amount of remuneration from publishing rights.
Background is the revised copyright in Germany. It came into force in 2021 and assured media houses when external digital platforms incorporate their journalistic offers. Press houses should receive money from the platforms. Until further notice, the Federal Cartel Office "has" for a detailed examination and an intervention "for reasons of discretion".
arbitration board is already concerned with procedures for Google and Bing
Google, referring to the ban on discrimination, has already been moved to offer the recovery company Corint Media a remuneration for ancillary copyright law. The authority also referred to the German Patent and Trademark Office with the instrument of arbitration. An arbitration board is switched on when parties are disagreed with the aim that the independent position suggests a compromise. If the whole thing fails, dishes could be consulted in further steps.
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The arbitration board is already dealing with two procedures for Google and the Bing platform Bing from Microsoft on the one hand and Corint Media on the other. While there is still no decision on Google, the arbitration board has commented on Bing. According to the German patent and brand office, a remuneration of EUR 800,000 was proposed as a temporary regulation, which Bing is supposed to pay in the main decision to Corint Media.
Google had started to conclude contracts directly with publications
from a Microsoft spokeswoman: “This decision has no meaning and no prejudicial effect for the finally paying license fee. Without being obliged to do so, Microsoft voluntarily approved the proposal for an interim regulation in order to establish legal peace during the arbitration proceedings. ”
also approved Corint Media and relies on an increase in remuneration level in the final decision. The implementation of management protection law is still in its infancy. There are different models. For example, Google had started to conclude contracts with publications. Corint Media, on the other hand, relies on a non -individual solution and a total amount, which she then releases to its members. (dpa)
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