“Effectively, companies like Google will be put in the position of picking winners and losers”

Google has launched a fresh attack on a new European copyright directive, describing it as set to “harm smaller news publishers” and reduce consumers access to diverse news sources.

Google’s Head of News Richard Gingras called on European lawmakers to change the language in the text so it no longer contains a link tax requirement for published content online.

The Link Tax is a term given to Article 11 of the proposed European Copyright Directive, which aims to tackle unfair use of published content taken from press and news websites.

After an amendment by German MEP Axel Voss, it now says that publishers have “an inalienable right to obtain a fair and proportionate remuneration for such uses.”

This means that news organisations can no longer give free consent to the use of their content.

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