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The Hamburg declaration

Newspaper publishers have asked the European Commission to improve the copyright protection afforded to newspaper content. In June European Publishers' Council (EPC) and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) gathered newspaper executives together and signed what they are calling the Hamburg declaration: "Numerous providers are using the work of authors, publishers and broadcasters without paying for it. Over the long term, this threatens the production of high-quality content and the existence of independent journalism. (Looks like they are blaming Google News and similar services ...). For this reason, we advocate strongly urgent improvements in the protection of intellectual property on the Internet (They don't offer specific proposals)...."

Full text of the declaration

And Google's reaction? See the official blog post, which pretty much says: Shut up or use robots.txt ...

Also see: Google to newspapers: Put up or shut up (L.A. Times) and Save journalism, online newspaper publishers beg EC (The Register)




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