The European Union copyright law voted in September does not like Google at all. Both Google and other platforms, such as YouTube, have been campaigning against articles 11 and 13 of the new EU law since September. The reason? According to them, to enter into force, will irremediably affect the services they offer.
“Google wants to show what the news search results would be like under Article 11 of the new European copyright law.”
The articles of contention state the following: The 11 allows the media to claim money when Google links to its contents. The 13 urges Internet companies not to share copyrighted content without a license and to have automatic detection systems so that they do not show themselves if users upload them (something they say it will be impossible to support economically).
That is why Google has intensified its campaign against the future law. Sticking to what is supposed in article 11, it has spread an image that shows how its services could be affected. The company has published an image showing a completely empty search page.
Google LawThe image shows the results that would appear if a user searched for the latest news. Due to article 11, Google should pay a license to show thumbnails, so the company says it has two options: pay for that license or not show any kind of thumbnail.
It does not only apply to images, since the summaries, the headlines and other information that currently appear, would also be subject to the payment of a license. That is why if the law comes into force and Google chooses not to pay, the search results would be completely empty.
Google says that, in choosing to pay the license, they would have to choose “winners and losers”. Because there are more than 80,000 media appearing in Google News, the company would have to choose those to be paid for. The result would be that of the 80,000 media that are currently shown would be much less.