Google may shut down its Google News Service in European Union if proposed “link tax” referring to Article 11 which force companies to hold license to link to publishers comes into force in member countries. The Copyright directive principles of the European Parliament on September, tech giant companies like Facebook and Google must pay for the work of artists and the journalist who they use for work. In order to put the change of rules into effect, the individual member counties will have to come up with new drafted local laws. It is reported that Google was deeply concerned about the current proposal which has been designed to compensate struggling news publishers if glances of their news articles appear in the search engine. The Google News future now depends on the European Union will to alter the phrasing of the legislation around Article 11, said the search engine’s Vice President, Richard Gingras. He added, “ We can’t make a decision until we see the final language”. Along with Article 11 the EU has also introduced Article 13, which require companies like Reddit, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube to monitor and remove copyright infringement on their platforms. This wasn’t the first time attempt to charge Google for the link news. In the year 2014, Spain passed a law forcing the sites to pay for the news links. Google then decided to close down the services for the Spanish consumers. Traditional media houses indirectly blame Google for taking too much advertising revenue which used to prop up print newspapers. But many of the news websites depends= on the service to drive traffic to their website. Google news is not directly a profit making business for the company, while is does encourage users to spend more time on the company’s website. Adding to which Gingras said, the search giant does not put any advertising in Google News.
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