Google Prods Users to Fight German Copyright Law

Google is increasingly throwing around its power to improve its bottom line. The latest incident is a draft law in Germany that would force the company to share some revenues with newspaper publishers. Meddling in politics is certainly not illegal, but it could be risky.The timing of the debate in the Reichstag was curious, but it fits perfectly with the story of this contentious draft legislation. On Thursday night last week, at around 11 p.m., the German parliament, the Bundestag, debated the Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger, or ancillary copyright law for newspaper and magazine publishers. Only around 40 primarily younger members of parliament sat in the front rows, but the Twitter community was wide awake. At C-base, a prominent Berlin meeting place for computer buffs, activists even organized a public viewing.

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