Google cuts into European news niche

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Google cuts into European news niche
German, Italian newspapers seek legal protection


Rupert Murdoch may be the most vocal opponent of news being available for free on the Internet these days, but in continental Europe the growing controversy over how Google and other search sites are impacting the news industry is taking on contentious tones.

Italy's Federation of Newspaper Publishers is eagerly awaiting the verdict on a lawsuit it filed against Google with Italo and European antitrust regulators, claiming Italian papers are being cheated out of a fare share of local ad coin.

Carlo De Benedetti, prexy of top Italo news publisher Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso, which owns daily La Repubblica, recently accused Google CEO Eric Schmidt of "acting everywhere as though the only law were that of California," in total disregard of local copyright standards.

By NICK VIVARELL
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