Europe takes on Google, looking to Brazil as a model for doing without the Internet giant

[AP] European news organizations bleeding money and readers are trying to avoid extinction by asking governments in France, Germany and Italy to step in and charge Google for using their content in its search results — something the Web giant has always done for free.Critics — including, unsurprisingly, Google — say the strategy is shortsighted and self-destructive, and the search engine warns it will stop indexing European news sites if forced to pay. But publishers advocating a “Google tax” aimed at benefiting their industry point to the example of Brazil, where their counterparts abandoned the search engine and say repercussions have been minimal.
www.washingtonpost.com/business/europe-takes-on-google-looking-to-brazil-as-a-model-for-doing-without-the-internet-giant/2012/10/31/6ce4cea2-2386-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276a_story.html

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