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Google Campaign Makes False Claims about Publishers' Right

Contrary to what Google is claiming in its public relations campaign, "Together for Copyright," the changes Google is lobbying for to the European Union's proposed Copyright Directive would have detrimental effects on the availability of — and your access to — high-quality online news and information in Europe. Why would Google launch such a coordinated effort against a relatively obscure piece of legislation? The Copyright Directive includes a clause (known as Article 11) that would create a so-called Publishers' Right, which would finally grant European publishers the right to protect their original content online. This is a basic right that other creative industries, including film and music, already have in the EU. Currently, online platforms such as Google and other corporate businesses can use — and make money from — publishers' online news content every day, paying the publishers nothing. more

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