Google News may shut down in EU due to ‘link tax’

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Google may shut down its Google News service in the European Union (EU) when a projected”link taxation” for using news reports comes in to force in member nations,” The Guardian reported.

According to the new copyright directive, adopted by the European Parliament on September 12, technology giants must cover the work of journalists and artists that they use.

To place the rule changes in effect, individual member states would need to draft laws.

Google is deeply worried about the recent proposals, which can be made to compensate fighting news publishers if snippets of the posts show up in search results, Richard Gingras, the search engine Vice President of News told the Guardian.

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The future of Google News could rely on if the EU was ready to change the phrasing of this laws, ” he explained.

“We can not make a determination until we see that the final speech,” he was quoted as saying.

This isn’t the first time an effort has been made to control Google for hyperlinks. In 2014, Spain passed a law requiring aggregation websites to cover information links. Google then made a decision to shut the service down for Spanish customers.

Conventional media outlets have a tendency to blame Google for sucking up a lot of their advertising revenue which used to prop up publish papers, the Guardian reported.

But a lot of news sites also are based on the support to drive traffic to their sites.

Google News isn’t directly a profit-making company for the business, although it will encourage customers to spend more hours on the organization’s sites, Gingras said, adding that the search giant doesn’t put any advertisements from Google News.

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