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Cartel office rejects VG Media complaint against Google

Monday 25 August 2014 | 09:35 CET | News
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has dismissed a complaint by VG Media that Google abused its dominant position by telling press publishers not to apply the law on ancillary copyright for press publishers (LSR), at risk of having their content appear lower down in its search results. The office said VG Media had not demonstrated sufficient grounds for reasonable suspicion. The LSR came into effect on 01 August 2013 and meant that even small extracts from press publications are subject to copyright law. The office said VG's complaint does not refer to any specific behaviour of Google. Even so,

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Companies: Google
Countries: Germany
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