BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google won a victory on Thursday after Europe’s top court said Germany has to notify the European Commission of a rule allowing publishers to demand a copyright fee from the U.S. tech giant for using news snippets.
The case underlines the battle between publishers and Alphabet unit Google over the share of revenues from distributing news.
VG Media, a consortium of around 200 publishers, took Google to a German court for using text excerpts, images and videos produced by its members without paying them. The lawsuit was based on a German ancillary copyright law in force since August 2013.
The German court subsequently sought guidance from the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), Europe’s highest.
Germany has to notify the EU executive first for its ruling to take effect, ECJ judges said.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels and Klaus Laeur in Berlin)