Google, fresh on the heels of shuttering its doors in Russia, announced it will shortly do the same to its Google News service in Spain. Why? Bloggers (try) to explain a recent law passed in Spain that chased Google away.
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Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.
Mike Elgan believes Europe is damaging Google's goods:
Spanish lawmakers did something dumb this week. They passed a new law that forces Google to pay news publishers a fee for sending valuable, monetizable content from Google News to their sites. MORE
We find Gideon Lichfield and Hanna Kozlowska in Russia -- sounding paranoid:
After president Vladimir Putin called the internet a "CIA project," this was probably just a matter of time: Google confirmed late Thursday (Dec. 11) that it's getting its engineers out of Russia. MORE
Tyler Lopez tries to forget the "right to be forgotten":
Spain (and the European Union as a whole) have long been at odds with Google. Earlier this year, the European Court of Justice struck a blow against the search giant in Google Spain v AEPD, establishing an EU-wide "right to be forgotten." ... The ruling has since been criticized as dangerous to free speech, hindering user access to information and leading to possible censorship. MORE
Straight from the horse's mouth:
[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...this new approach is simply not sustainable. So it's with real sadness that on 16 December...we'll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain. MORE
Nancy Scola tries to understand why the news makes people nervous:
What has the European publishers so upset? Google News does to news stories what, in many ways, Google's search engine does to Web sites. It collects what's available online and presents it in a way that makes it easy and pleasant for Internet users to find what they're looking for.
Google News looks a lot like the front page of an online newspaper. And that makes publishers nervous that they're being replaced. MORE
Speaking of nervous, Jennifer Baker discovers Google's rivals feel shaky too:
It appears that Google's rivals, who have complained about the ad giant's European dominance, are worried that bashing the goliath can go too far.
"It is irresponsible to try and make the Google case seem wider than it actually is," said Microsoft-backed ICOMP, an organisation representing big businesses that have moaned to the European Commission about the [Google's] alleged abuse of dominance in the web search world. MORE
Meanwhile, Matthew Bennett holds on to Andalusian horses:
The main media lobby behind Spain's new intellectual property law, which caused Google to announce late on Wednesday night that it was to close Google News in Spain, has now said it wants the Spanish government and European competition authorities to intervene to stop Google shutting down the service. MORE
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