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Mistake. Germany is particularly anti-Google it seems, even among EU countries, so I’m not really surprised. I suspect the amount of traffic that Google brings to the publishers’ website is very significant, and by taking the risk that Google will stop indexing their content, they are playing with fire. What’s going to drive traffic to their sites? Word of mouth? Bing?
But don’t just take my word for it, look what happened when Belgian publishers did the same thing. When the Court order in the publishers favor was issued, Google delisted the publishers and removed all content from Google News. It wasn’t long before the publishers were crying about Google’s “brutal” actions and asking to be relisted. I suspect the Germans will have a similar experience unless they manage to get a court to order that they both be paid for having snippets of their content in searches and that Google continue to include that content in perpetuity.