Google Considering Pulling News Service From Europe

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       4 Weeks Ago #1

    Google Considering Pulling News Service From Europe

    Google is considering pulling its Google News service from Europe as regulators work toward a controversial copyright law.

    The European Unionís Copyright Directive will give publishers the right to demand money from the Alphabet Inc. unit, Facebook Inc. 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, Googleís 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.

    Google has said it doesnít make money from its news service so itís unlikely the company would take a financial hit from withdrawing. But news results keep mobile users coming back to its search engine, where they often pursue queries that generate lucrative ad revenue. Google also competes against rival mobile news-aggregation services from Apple Inc. and Facebook...

    Read more: Bloomberg - Google Considering Pulling News Service From Europe
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  2.    4 Weeks Ago #1

    Google was recently fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.Really!

    Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service - BBC News
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    I can see why Google would act this way. It is ironic really that the act of sharing this "fragment of an article" here on an "other web platform" would potentially be chargeable under the proposed EU directive.
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