News: The European Commission has no plans to tax hyperlinks.
The European Union is exploring whether Google and Yahoo should pay for displaying news snippets of their articles.
The European Commission said it will consider whether any action specific to news aggregators is required, including intervening on the definition of rights.
The impacts of various legal solutions that have been attempted in several member states are being monitored by the commission.
The commission said it had no plans to tax hyperlinks and ask people to pay for copyright when they share a hyperlink to content protected by copyright.
Google may not agree to the commission’s plan which requires it to pay for displaying news snippets.
The company is already facing a long-running investigation in the EU over allegations of anti-competitive practices.
A spokesperson for Google was quoted by the Financial Times as saying, "The internet creates tremendous opportunities for news publishers to reach more readers – but it also brings challenges.
"A tax on snippets is not a viable answer to those challenges, as the experience in Germany and Spain shows — it is not good for publishers.
"We are working closely with news publishers to drive traffic to new sites and apps, and to find more sustainable models for journalism online."