European Commission will consider whether aggregators such as Google News should pay to display snippets of news articles

The European Commission announced on Wednesday it will examine whether news aggregation services such as Google News should pay to displaying snippets of news articles. This comes after some of Europe’s largest publishers such as Axel Springer and News Corp called on the EU to rein in aggregation sites such as Google News, which they say profit from their content without paying for it. Google, however, argues that Google News directs extra revenue to news publishers because of the large amounts of traffic it sends to these publishers.

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