Google Fights EU Copyright Overhaul, Says Would Hurt Europe for 'Decades to Come'

European lawmakers could vote as soon as next week on the landmark legislation that is intended to modernise copyright for the electronic age but has put off a fierce lobbying war in Brussels.

Tech giants, artistic creators and EU member nations have fought for three years within the reform, with Google making a last-minute attempt to dissuade MEPs from passing the law this month.

The biggest stumbling block was a provision which requires Google-owned YouTube along with other platforms to remove illegal material utilizing automatic blockers, or face enormous liability.

“This could be awful for creators and consumers, who will see online services inadvertently block material simply because they will need to err on the side of caution and reduce legal risks,” he added.

All these”unintended consequences” may”harm Europe’s creative economy for a long time ahead,” he added.

Another bone of contention is a provision to make”neighbouring rights” — which opponents call a link taxation — for media publishers.

News organisations, such as AFP, have pushed to the move, arguing that giants like Facebook and Google make billions in revenue from advertising tied to news stories, while publishers sufferfrom

The planned reform”hurts emerging and small publishers, and limits consumer access to a diversity of news sources,” explained Walker.

“Under the directive, showing anything beyond mere facts, hyperlinks and’words and quite short extracts’ will be restricted,” he warned.

Initially considered a formality, the outcome of the vote in the European Parliament is now highly uncertain.