Google Fights EU Copyright Overhaul, Says Would Hurt Europe for’Decades to Come’

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Google Fights EU Copyright Overhaul, Says Would Hurt Europe for 'Decades to Come'

Web giant Google on Monday urged the European Parliament to Withstand approving a planned overhaul of the bloc’s online copyright Legislation that the company said would hurt Europe for”decades to come”.

European lawmakers could vote as soon as next week about the landmark legislation that’s intended to modernise copyright to the electronic age but has put off a furious lobbying warfare in Brussels.

Tech giants, artistic creators and EU member nations have battled for three years within the reform, together with Google creating a last-minute attempt to dissuade MEPs from passing the legislation this season.

The biggest stumbling block has been a provision that requires Google-owned YouTube along with other platforms to remove illegal content utilizing automatic filters, or face enormous liability.

“This would be awful for creators and consumers, who’ll observe online services wrongly block material only because they will need to err on the side of care and reduce legal risks,” he added.

These”unintended consequences” may”hurt Europe’s creative economy for a long time ahead,” he added.

Another bone of contention is a provision to create”neighbouring rights” — that opponents call a link tax — for media publishers.

News organisations, including AFP, have pushed to the move, asserting that giants such as Facebook and Google make billions of revenue from advertising tied to news stories, while publishers suffer.

The planned reform”hurts emerging and small publishers, and limits consumer access to a diversity of information sources,” said Walker.

“Under the directive, showing anything beyond mere details, hyperlinks and’individual words and quite short extracts’ would be restricted,” he warned.

Initially considered a formality, the results of the vote from the European Parliament is now highly uncertain.

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