Following an amendment made to the country's copyright law, Google News has decided to move out of the country
Google has been prompted to shut down its news services in Spain after the country made some major amendments to its copyright law. This new law, to take place in the New Year, has come as a sort of an anti-piracy move but is being tagged by the observers as Google Tax. The law goes in the favor of internet publishers saying that they have a right to compensation for the use of “snippets” of their content by news aggregator sites such as Google News.
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And this is not a simple right to compensation; the law explains that they are entitled to an inalienable right to compensation which cannot be waived off or bargained by the publishers. You cannot simply negotiate these terms for exchange with other terms, for instance publishers cant waive off their compensation in return for being included in the new aggregator listings.
We can also possibly link this to larger ‘anti-linking’ concept going around Europe with EU’s very troubling new “Right to be Forgotten” which has given individuals the right to have the links to their information and they can also have it deleted from the search engines under certain circumstances. Most of us are tagging this as a very unfortunate development because it seems rather anti-Internet and part of it is also anti-Google.
As a response to this recent development in the internet world, Google made an announcement yesterday that it is pulling out its new service from Spain. This is pretty simple in the business world; if Google is having some trouble sticking to the Spanish law, then it has every right to stay away from the country’s boundaries. Companies operating outside their national borders have to make such decisions all the time since the laws in the country where the company is operating has a huge impact on its working.