The top European Union digital official said that the 28-member bloc could impose a tax on Google.
“Taxing is an option but not the decided solution,” Günther Oettinger told the Wall Street Journal on Monday, noting that the tax could be connected to Google’s display of copyrighted material.
The search giant recently pulled Google News out of Spain entirely. That country required Google to pay Spanish publishers for publishing even small excerpts of their content. Last year, some German publishers pushed Google for a cut of “gross sales, including foreign sales” that come “directly and indirectly from making excerpts from online newspapers and magazines public.” And in 2007, a Belgian press group sought a similar payout only to give up in 2011.
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