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Copyright tussles for Google in Europe

Google may pull its Google News service from Europe, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Whether Google decides to do that is dependent on the details of a copyright law which is in the process of being finalized.

European regulators are working to pass a copyright law that would give publishers the right to demand payment when their articles show up on other web platforms.

That law would affect Google as well as other places where news articles are shared on the web, such as Facebook.

Google’s public policy manager for Europe tells Bloomberg that Google News might quit the continent as a direct response to the law being passed.

Details of the copyright law were supposed to be finalized this week, however, disagreement among member states led to delay.


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