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This is EU-speak for a Google tax on snippets, which would require search engines and possibly others to pay for using short extracts to link to articles on other sites. The consultation also seeks views on whether there should be a "panorama" exception to copyright allowing people to take pictures of public buildings and distribute them without permission of the architect. E.U. Considering a Tax on Google Showing Snippets [arstechnica.co.uk]
... desperation by the E.U. looking to find ways to make Google and others pay for the use of snippets.
Here's the opposing view of Google removing the snippets: People in the E.U. would stop using Google for those particular searches.
News publishers are losing revenue and some seem to believe that financially-favourable legislation is the answer.
The thought might once have been, but similar laws have been tested in Spain, Germany and Belgium and didn't work out well for news publishers...We should be aware that we are not allowed to see anywhere near the information we need to make a sensible judgement on this sort of thing from their point of view. All we get to see is stuff posted on the internet.
If fairly compensating news publishers was part of the equation, they would ban all ad blocking software and call it a day.
This is EU-speak for a Google tax on snippets, which would require search engines and possibly others to pay for using short extracts to link to articles on other sites.
Has nothing to do with ad blockers, but as everything to do with g showing snippets at will without compensating the creator/owner. Which is bogus if you think about it (and few politicians ever do that ... think, that is!).
In the absence of links from Google, smaller companies lacking the resources available to big publishing houses will be unable to reach new readers by spending more money on marketing, and may fail as a result. This may even be one reason why Europe's publishing giants are so keen on introducing neighbouring rights that are likely to reduce their own profits.
google doesn't use them as teasers, though.
for a lot of info searches they supply them as the actual answer... knowing that it will discourage clickthroughs
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