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Is the EU trying to regulate small news sites out of business?





The powers that be do not like the widespread dissemination of information. The decentralized nature of the Internet challenges both politicians and the old media who have wink/nod associations with these politicians. In Europe there is a proposal to tax websites that link to other content. In so doing voices are quashed (which is good for politicians) and the old media consolidate their position.


In a warning to European Union leaders of what might happen if a controversial "link tax" is implemented, Google has templated what European news consumers will see if when they search for a news story under the new rule: essentially a bunch of blank pages with publication names, but no preview content, headlines, or descriptive text.
This could potentially be what Google does with its search function in response to Article 11 of the European Copyright Directive, a massive regulatory proposal currently being hammered out that could have disastrous implications for online content sharing.
Article 11 would require those who link back to news coverage with "snippets" or excerpts of the content to get permission from the linked media sites, which would potentially require payment of a fee. This is being presented as a way of protecting journalists and publishers from wholesale copyright theft by republishers.

For the record we at The Sorrentino adhere to information sharing best practices that are in line with Creative Commons parameters.


We are also always happy to share our content so long as attribution is given with a link. (Which is what we do.)