Google is considering removing its Google News service from Europe as EU controversial copyright law tightens. The European Union Copyright Directive will give publishers the right to be recompensated from web platforms when their articles show up in news search results or are shared by users. The law, due to be finalized this week, was delayed by disagreement among member states.
Google says it doesn’t make money from its news service so it’s unlikely the company would lose from removing the feature; However, this feature keeps users returning to its search engine.
The new rules would also require Google to actively prevent other media like music, videos and artwork from appearing on their platforms if rights holders didn’t grant them a license.
Google state the new laws would force it to choose who it should license. The legislation is due to go ahead in spring, but further disputes could delay it until later in the year.