Google has warned against planned EU copyright reforms that would make internet companies liable for infringements and require them to pay for publishing press snippets , amid signs that a compromise is emerging on the controversial measures.
The overhaul , proposed by the European Union’ s executive in 2016 , aims to make EU copyright rules fit for the digital age by ensuring that artists and news publishers are fairly remunerated for work that appears online.
However , critics charge that the measures will damage the free exchange of information , with some media outlets warning they could spell “ the death of the internet . ”
Google Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kent Walker warned of the reform’ s unintended consequences , in a blog post published on Thursday .
“ Restricting the amount of news Google can republish to weblinks and short fragments of headlines would cause a substantial traffic loss to news publishers , ’’ Walker said .
He added that holding internet companies liable for copyright infringements would harm Europe ’ s creative economy .
EU member states are trying to hash out a common position on the reforms in order to strike a deal with the European Parliament , which agreed its position in September .
According to a draft text seen by dpa, in recent days , France and Germany agreed on a compromise that would exempt smaller companies from the provisions on copyright infringements .
This paves the way for a possible agreement among member states as soon as Friday, with a view to concluding negotiations with parliament coming week .
Efforts to strike a deal failed three weeks ago due to disagreement between France and Germany.
However , the parliament ’ s chief negotiator , Axel Voss , told dpa he was disappointed with their compromise .