Techdirt: Push Resumes For An EU Google Tax, With The Bulgarian Government Leading The Way

Techdirt: Push Resumes For An EU Google Tax, With The Bulgarian Government Leading The Way. “The failure of snippet taxes/Google taxes is well documented, but never seems to deter further legislative efforts in the same direction. Google reacted to the initiative by dropping snippets from German news agencies, a move that produced a noticeable drop in traffic. German publishers called it ‘blackmail,’ but the simplest way to comply with bad laws is to opt out. Similar things happened in Spain with its snippet tax. Google nuked its local Google News service, resulting in affected publishers demanding the government force Google to re-open the service and start sending them traffic/money.” WHY DO GOVERNMENTS KEEP DOING THIS?! It does not work. It has been established that it does not work. You can make all kinds of arguments that Google should be paying more taxes to various governments. I cannot think of any arguments establishing a “snippet tax” as viable.

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