German CMO VG Media starts legal actions against Google, based on neighbouring right over news content

The German collective management organisation (CMO) VG Media has started legal proceedings against Google after its refusal to negotiate with the CMO, VG Media informed.

In 2013, Germany introduced the “Leistungsschutzrecht” that created a neighbouring right over news content: sections 87f, 87g and 87h of the German Copyright Act provide for the exclusive right of press publishers to the commercial use of their content and parts thereof, except in the case of single words or small text snippets.

As stated in its press release (in German), VG Media has filed a request before the Copyright Arbitration Board of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, following Google's refusal to negotiate with the CMO and to pay a "reasonable compensation" for the display of snippets.