Publishers Plan Program to Control Copyright Issues

Global publishers, fearing that Web search engines such as Google Inc. are encroaching on their ability to generate revenue, plan to launch an automated system for granting permission on how to use their content. Buoyed by a Belgian court ruling that Google was infringing on the copyright of French and German language newspapers by reproducing article snippets in search results, the publishers said they plan to start testing the service before the end of the year.

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