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Google to stop using news snippets for a French user

FILE PHOTO: Visitors of the logo on Google’s high-profile, high-tech start-ups and business leaders, the meeting, Tour-Tech,Paris, France-May 16, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

(Reuters) – the Alphabet Inc, and Google will stop showing news clips of European publishers and to the search for the French users, in accordance with the new European legislation on copyright infringement, the company said on Wednesday.

The change is for French users only see the headlines, and not for the first couple of lines, or a small thumbnail for the news, unless it’s the European publishers have specific request for the show’s previews, according to the company. (a little bit.m/2l7a3YO)

Thousands of European publishers and is expected to be affected by the changes, however, the French publishers will be the ones most affected.

The move could affect publishers ‘ income and visibility on Google, drive traffic to their websites, may be promoting advertising and subscription fees.

Spain and Germany over the past few years, been trying to force Google to pay publishers for snippets of their news stories, but that backfired after Google News pulled out of Spain, and the movement of the German publishing house Axel Springer has been submerged after the specified block on to the engine.

France is the only EU country so far to the implementation of the bloc’s far-reaching copyright reform earlier this year. The country has a year or so to follow.

Report by Ayanti Berra, Bengaluru and Foo Yun Chee in Brussels; Editing by Maju Samuel and Sriraj Kalluvila

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