Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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Google is warning publishers that online visitor traffic – which drives ad revenue – could plummet as much as 45 per cent if the contentious Copyright Directive being considered by European lawmakers goes forward.

The European Parliament is trying to revise its copyright regime and the proposed alteration includes two articles loathed by Google and other tech and media firms.

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One is Article 11, popularly referred to as the "link tax," which would allow online publishers to decide who can link to their news stories and to demand a fee for the privilege. To avoid paying, Google might choose to present only minimal text and and no images in its search results, which would make it more difficult to evaluate whether a link might be worth clicking.

The other is Article 13, which would require internet platforms to implement and deploy a system for preventing the unauthorized publication of copyrighted content. In effect, it would replace the beg-forgiveness takedown system with preemptive upload filtering.

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Negotiations among EU member states have stalled, thanks to disagreements between France and Germany, among others. Part of the discussion involves whether internet firms with revenue below €10m ($11.3m) should be exempted from filtering requirements.

In the meantime, we have lobbying, which heated up last year and has continued since.

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Google has faced restrictions on how it can present copied content before, specifically in Spain five years ago: It shutdown the Spanish version of Google News in 2014 after Spain altered its copyright law to allow news publishers to charge aggregators like Google News for including snippets of summary text alongside their links.

A study commissioned by Spanish publishers in 2015 found that the law cost publishers an estimated €10m (~$10.9m at 2015 exchange rates) annually and led to a loss of...
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