German publishers file a complaint against Google over whether it should pay to show their articles

According to a spokesperson for VG Media, German publishers have filed a complaint against Google, claiming that the search engine should pay to show their articles online. VG Media, which is a consortium of 200 publishers, says that Google does not want to pay to show its publishers’ content: “So bringing a civil claim before the responsible court is the only way to enforce the ancillary copyright for press publishers against Google.”

+ Earlier: The European Commission is considering whether news aggregators such as Google should pay to display snippets of news articles