Google warns News could close in Europe if new ‘link tax’ g…

Article 11 of the legislation, part of the EU Copyright Directive, means that publishers — such as news sites that are currently losing advertising dollars to online platforms — could effectively charge Google News and others for their content. On the flipside, publishers rely on Google to provide traffic to their websites.

Article 13 of the proposed law would require sites such as YouTube to buy licenses for content such as music videos. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) backed the proposals in September but Google is lobbying against it.

Gingras told the Guardian that it won’t make a decision on the future of Google News until it sees the final language of the legislation and added that its news site does not generate revenue for the company.

It is thought that Axel Voss, the MEP overseeing the legislation, is continuing discussions before talks take place with individual EU member states.

A spokesperson for Google was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

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