Publishers on Friday denied that they were talking to Google about a deal similar to one French publishers made earlier this month. Rumors of talks emerged after Philipp Rösler, Germany's federal minister of economics and technology, told the press on Thursday that representatives of publishing companies were touring Silicon Valley, suggesting they were there to talk about legal issues, Netzpolitik.org reported.
While German newspaper editors are indeed in the U.S., speculation about negotiations is based on a misunderstanding, according to a Twitter post by Christoph Keese, public affairs manager for publishing company Axel Springer, who represented the publishers during the first legal affairs committee.
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