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Google to shut down Google News in Spain

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No money   Google would have to pay publishers

Google is shutting down its Google News service in Spain before a new intellectual property law is introduced. Google will shut the service on 16 December before the law comes into effect in January.

"...as a result of a new Spanish law, we'll shortly have to close Google News in Spain. Let me explain why. This new legislation requires every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications, whether they want to or not.

"As Google News itself makes no money (we do not show any advertising on the site) this new approach is simply not sustainable. So it's with real sadness that on December 16 (before the new law comes into effect in January) we'll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain," Richard Gingras, head of Google News, wrote in a blog post.

Newspaper publishers have argued that services like Google News infringe on their copyright by creating an online selection of headlines. The Spanish legislation, "Google Tax", did not specify how much the tech giant would have to pay publishers.


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