Why Is Google In Trouble Again?


Just a couple of months after being sued by former German First Lady Bettina Wulff, for defamation of her reputation.

Google finds its self in hot water again.

This time with the German press, over their Google News service.

A new law could be passed by the Government that would force Google.

To pay newspapers publishers for using snippets of articles in Google News.

If this proposal is made legal.

It will have far reaching  consequences for all content writers.

Who’s articles are currently ranked in the Google Search Engine Result’s.

Trying to force Google into paying  to index and link  newspaper and magazine material. Might be seen as a bold move in the eyes of some.

But what about the rest of the German population who regularly use the Internet. What about the small business owners.

Do they really want to use a search engine that in the future… will only give them very limited results?

My gut feeling is no they won’t.

I’m not saying that Google is perfect and we can’t do without them.

But in my opinion they are still the best at what they do. And besides if this proposal is passed by the German government it will not only effect Google.

It will also be the beginning of the end for all of the other  search engines as we know them today.

Being a content publisher myself, I kinda like the idea of Google paying me every time they index one of my blog post.

But in reality I know that the chances of this happening are slim to none.

Any extension to the current copyright law could  force Google to raise the price of their services.

Which in my opinion will be bad for Online Business, both big and small.

Google doesn’t owe the German press anything.

If they want  to make money from them, then they should use Adsense and YouTube like the rest of us.

And let’s not forget the vast amount of free traffic that Google already sends to the websites of these apparently poor  disgruntled newspaper men.

Money Or Power

I suspect that the real reason why the German Press has challenged Google is more to do with power rather than money.

Because they have realized (just like other news publishers all across  the world) that more and more people are turning away from the printed press. In favor of the Internet

20 Years ago, I was buying  at least 2 newspapers a day. Now I buy less than 20 newspapers a year.

The Dandy a very popular comic that I use to buy as a kid. And has been around for 75 years has just printed possibly its last ever copy (Dec-4-2012) in that format.

You can only read it online now, which as a die hard comic lover is something that I find very sad.

But that is just the nature of progress and business,it really is adapt or die. I have to get use to it, You will have to get use to it.

And the German Press had better stop throwing all of their toys out of the pram… and get use to it too.

Google may not be perfect.

But I trust them more than the politicians who are trying to change things for the worst, instead of better.


So who are you backing to win this battle, Google or the German Publishers?

Tell me by leaving a comment below.



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7 Responses to “Why Is Google In Trouble Again?”

  1. Emilia says:

    So Google’s in trouble again. But then the search engine always does. As bloggers, optimizers, readers, writers,and internet aficionados, we all have to keep our fingers crossed when it comes to trouble with the search engine. It comes and goes. Just do your part. All’s well that ends well.

  2. Kristine says:

    I think Google is always in trouble. Not just for the spams, the copy-paste posts, but just about anything that makes up the incapacity of the internet sometimes to provide reliable information. I sure hope that this one gets wrapped up in no time.

  3. Joy says:

    I’m still hopeful that there will come a time that quality journalism will once again take its rightful place in this world. I mean, Google has been in trouble for so many times. It has even been a subject of controversy for some academics who seek only reliable and noteworthy information from the most convenient and accessible medium today. I hope media and information technology will be better for the new year.

  4. Kabenlah says:

    This is indeed a bizzaire situation but I back the German press since they are fighting for the course of all publishers.

  5. Paper based industries are dying. It is the evolution of the times. Some will die quietly others kicking and screaming. Seems the Germans are screaming.

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