Google's French deal could set unfortunate Web precedent

02/5/2013 | GigaOm

The settlement Google reached with French publishers over use of their news content may only encourage other countries to pressure Google for similar payments, writes Mathew Ingram. Google portrays the deal and the funds as a helping hand for digital publishing, but others say it sets a dangerous "pay for links" precedent. "How long until U.S. newspapers and publishers start to argue the same thing? What about other companies?," he asks.

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