The European Commission may be working on legislation aimed at helping publishers collect money from data-scraping internet services like Google News, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Individual European countries have attempted to regulate news aggregators before, allowing publishers to negotiate fees from internet sites that display a portion of their content. However, these laws can backfire when internet services stop displaying content they have to pay for. The purported new rules represent yet another way the EU hopes to reduce Google’s dominance in directing web traffic. RR