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Google News to go dark in Spain


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#1 Budapest

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 04:59 PM

Google News to go dark in Spain over copyright fees

 

Google said it plans to close its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation under which publishers will soon be able to force internet sites to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.

In a statement, the search giant said 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.

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.

 

 


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Posted 11 December 2014 - 05:08 PM

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In a vote on Thursday, European Parliament members voted 384 to 174 in favor of a resolution that calls for the unbundling of search engines from other commercial services to ensure competition among online companies. Although Google is not named specifically in the resolution, it's clearly targeted at the dominant search engine.

The resolution would still have to be approved by the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, to take effect, but the overwhelming vote in favor of separating search from other online products increases the likelihood that Google could face a major regulatory headache.

In a press release, the European Parliament called on EU member states and the European Commission to “break down barriers to the growth of the EU's digital single market” (a “single market” refers to the EU as an association of 28 countries trading freely between each other without restrictions). The Parliament also “stressed the need to prevent online companies from abusing dominant positions.

European parliament votes in favor of breaking up Google ...


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 08:22 PM

Wish they would make up their mind?

Spanish Newspaper Publishers’ Association Now Asks Government To Help Stop Google News Closure

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