Google News will shortly shut down in Spain, the first time the news-search service has abandoned an entire national market. The move is a response to Spain’s new intellectual property law, which would require Google to pay publishers in that country for publishing even small excerpts of their content.
The head of Google News, Richard Gingras, explained the decision in a blog post earlier today, which reads in part:
Sadly, 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 16 December (before the new law comes into effect in January) we’ll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain.
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