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Google announced to shut down its news linking services in Spain

As per the law, publishers will soon be force to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news to Internet sites.

Dec 12, 2014 18:10 IST
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Google on 11 December 2014 announced to shut down its news linking services in Spain over new intellectual property law. As per the law, publishers will soon be force to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news to Internet sites.

The norm in the Spanish intellectual property law has been dubbed as the Google Tax. New Law will come into effect on 1 January 2015.

In a response, Google said that the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that it will remove Spanish publishers from Google News sites worldwide and shut down this service in Spain on 16 December 2014.

The move also means readers in Latin America and around the globe will no longer find links to articles from any Spanish news publishers on Google News.

Google's action caps a decade of acrimony with news publishers who blame the search giant for revenue and readership declines. The company maintains that it sends millions of clicks that allow news sites to make money via online advertising.

The stand-off also comes amid a growing campaign by politicians, regulators and courts across Europe to rein in Google's power over the Internet search market and the impact it has on deeply ingrained social norms around personal privacy.

In recent years, publishers in countries from Germany and France to Spain have pushed to pass new national copyright laws that force Google and other web aggregators to pay licensing fees when they publish snippets of their news articles.

In Spain and Germany, these laws require publishers who want their content to continue to show up in Google search results to give the company explicit permission to do so.

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