The European Commission is finalising copyright reforms, which could allow news organisations to charge internet giants like Google to link to their content.
The proposals, which will be published next month, will give news publishers exclusive rights to their content and force services such as Google News to agree terms to show parts of stories.
Internal documents seen by the Financial Times warn that decreasing revenues at news organisations mean the policy is required to promote “media pluralism”.
European Commission spokesperson Christian Wigand was quoted by the news agency as saying, “Let’s be clear: granting such rights to news publishers would not affect the way users share hyperlinks on the internet. It would recognise their role as investors in content.”
In Germany, several news organisations decided to stop charging the company after big drops in traffic.
Mozilla has recently started a petition to reform the European copyright laws because the company believes they undermine innovation and creativity on the Internet.
Mozilla chief innovation officer Katharina Borchert said in a blogpost, “The current copyright legal framework is outdated. It stifles opportunity and prevents — and in many cases, legally prohibits — artists, coders and everyone else from creating and innovating online. This framework was enacted before the internet changed the way we live. As a result, these laws clash with life in the 21st century.
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