From The Wall Street Journal:
Google said it would refuse to pay for licenses for previews of French news articles when the European Union’s new copyright directive goes into effect here next month, the first concrete signal for how the Alphabet Inc. unit plans to implement the divisive measure.
Rather than paying, Google said it would show only headlines in news results, as permitted under the new copyright law, unless a publication gives Google additional permission to show preview text and thumbnail images for free.
“We don’t pay for links to be included in search results. Doing so would not only skew the results we might provide but it would undermine the trust that users have in search and Google,” Richard Gingras, Google’s vice president of news, said in a conference call with reporters.
Link to the rest at The Wall Street Journal (Sorry if you encounter a paywall)
PG suggests that the European newspapers have more influence over European Union politicians than Google does.
PG further suggests that Google understands more about what drives click-throughs than the European newspaper executives do. PG further suggests that the newspapers will cave before Google does.