German Newspapers Let Google News Use Their Content, For Now

Like they really don't want to be linked by Google


German publishers, who have criticized Google News for freely displaying their content without any remuneration, have decided to temporarily support the service they seem to dislike.

New laws went into effect in Germany on Thursday that govern how news aggregators, like Google News, can display publisher content on their sites. Google and other aggregators have argued that the tighter rules unfairly hurt their services, and pave the way for publishers to charge them just to display a portion of their content.

The new regulations, which were backed by publishers, seem to be a thorn in their side at the same time. A host of major German publishers today announced that they would opt in to Google News, despite the service being the reason behind the changed law.