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Fans Advocate action against Google over EU copyright dispute

Last updated on October 25, 2019

Countless journalists called Wednesday for European authorities to take action against Google over its refusal to cover media firms for displaying their material in defiance of a rigorous new EU copyright law.

France was the first nation to ratify the legislation, which has been passed this season and comes into force on Thursday to make sure publishers are paid when their work is exhibited online.

However, Google said last month which posts, videos, and pictures will be displayed in search results only if media companies consent to allow the tech giant to utilize it at no cost.

Should they deny, just a headline and a link to the articles will look, Google stated, almost certainly causing a reduction of visibility and possible ad revenue for the publisher.

Around 800 journalists in addition to photographers, filmmakers and press CEOs signed an open letter printed in papers across Europe urging authorities to make sure the Google and other tech companies comply with the new EU rule.

“The legislation risks being stripped of meaning before it comes into force,” the letter stated, calling Google’s move”a new insult to European and national sovereignty”.

“The current situation, where Google enjoys the majority of the advertising revenue generated by the information that it rakes in with no payment, is untenable and has dropped the press into a catastrophe that’s deepening each calendar year,” it stated.

Google has countered that it gains news publishers by sending over eight billion visits for their sites monthly from Europe alone.

“We do not cover links to be included in search results” since”it might undermine the confidence of consumers,” Richard Gingras, Google’s vice president responsible for information, said in Paris a month.

But information publishers, such as AFP, state such hyperlinks to their sites are not able to help them deal with plummeting earnings as subscribers migrate online from traditional media outlets.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said Google will need to abide by the law, along with also the European Commission said that it stands ready to help member nations, which has to translate into national legislation by June 2021.

The rules create so-called Arabian rights to make sure a kind of copyright protection — and reimbursement for media companies if their information is used on sites like search engines or societal networking platforms.

“We call on the people decision-makers to battle back”