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Spain Passes "Google Law" Charging Search Engines for Publishing News

Published by: Kelly Curtis on 4th Nov 2014 | View all blogs by Kelly Curtis
Spain Passes "Google Law" Charging Search Engines for Publishing News

Spain last week became the latest nation to pass legislation aimed at charging news aggregators and search engines each time they display news content originally reported by another publisher.  Known as the "Google law," the law was passed last week and goes into effect January 1st, though the law does not yet contain specifics about how much Google and other Internet search engines will be required to pay.  The law was lobbied for heavily by the AEDA, a collective of Spanish news organizations, who claim that Google's news search results equates to republishing news content and costs the news outlets revenue.  A similar complaint was made earlier this year by several German publishers.  Google's German division responded by removing summaries and thumbnail images from search results, showing only headlines linked to the original publishers' stories.  The same issue made headlines late last year in France, but legal proceedings were avoided when Google agreed to help news outlets to increase Web-related advertising revenues and fund digital publishing innovations.  In response to the ruling in Spain, a Google spokesman said the company was disappointed with the decision, but will gladly assist news services in the country in any way they can.  While no specifics have yet been revealed concerning how much Google and other search engines will be charged for publishing news content, those details will likely be announced in the coming weeks as the law goes into effect in just 8 weeks.

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