Google Considering Pulling News Service From Europe
Tuesday January 22, 2019. 10:02 PM , from Slashdot
Google is considering pulling its Google News service from Europe as regulators work toward a controversial copyright law. From a report: The European Union's Copyright Directive will give publishers the right to demand money from Alphabet, Facebook and other web platforms when fragments of their articles show up in news search results, or are shared by users. The law was supposed to be finalized this week but was delayed by disagreement among member states.
Google News might quit the continent in response to the directive, said Jennifer Bernal, Google's public policy manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The internet company has various options, and a decision to pull out would be based on a close reading of the rules and taken reluctantly, she said. 'The council needs more time to reflect in order to reach a solid position' on the directive, said a representative of Romania, current head of the European Council, which represents the 28 member nations.
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