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Spanish newspapers ask the government to bring back Google News

  1. Just a few days after Google announced that it would discontinue Google News in Spain, the Association of Editors of Spanish Dailies (AEDE), a group that represents the country's news industry, has said that it wants the Spanish government and...

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  2. MeladT

    MeladT TS Rookie Posts: 22   +7

    Just like I said in the last post about this......Spain are desperate......
     
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,560   +2,365

    This is a rather transparent play:

    1. Pass regulation requiring services to compensate outlets for listings.
    2. Go to the EU and Spanish gov't to prevent predicable termination of listings.
    3. Money.

    Of course Google isn't going to adopt a neutral stance. The expression, "don't try to play a player," comes immediately to mind.
     
  4. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 350   +103

    What's confusing is why adopt such a policy, knowing the traffic will end up in a downturn as a result? You're playing games with a large company, who helps boost traffic for free without ads. We get you're looking for quick cash, but at the expense of what exactly?

    This is all just a waste of time because really, things will happen behind closed doors one way or another. Just to get around this silly law because traffic will be lower, and less revenue will be coming in as a result. Google makes nothing since there's no ads, it's basically a closing of doors to isolate things. Nobody is benefiting from this new law, that I can see at least without disrupting freedom of news.

    Someone makes an article, another uses said article to point out issues, then said individual / organization is fined for usage. Nobody said anyone "WILL" be fined but really, it leaves the doors open to such actions. Which is just more abuse of powers, all for the sake of those wishing to use some news snippets.
     
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Spain was undoubtedly hoping that Google would pay the fines, and is now backtracking when Google decided to close up shop. If I were Google and I'd already started plans to cease operations, I'd go through with them. Let the rest of the world see what happens when it tries to strongarm companies through stupid legislation.
     
  6. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    This is not directly aimed at the news outlets:
    Am I just imagining this or are CEOs/Owers/and people of authority in general, are becoming more stupid (in the full meaning of the word) with each passing year!?? Sometimes I just think these people (mentioned above) just can't think past their nose! I know some people will say "can't think past their wallet", but I'm not sure that would be accurate since if they even though of their wallet, they would make decisions that wouldn't cut their umbilical cord.

    /rant


    I feel much better now, thank you! :D
     
  7. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 227   +86

    I'm Spanish and I think this whole debacle is just stupid. Good for Google.
     
  8. 1) Collaborate with EU to draft a law that forces Google to pay you for posting your content.

    2) Google then closes up the business that posts your content

    3) Blame Google

    3) Cry to EU that Google closed up their news site over the law that you had collaborated with the EU.

    4) Blame Google again

    5) Use an excuse to the EU that Google closing up there news business will hurt businesses and consumers

    6) Collaborate with the EU to force Google to open their news site business so that the EU can force Google to pay the newspapers.
     
  9. "Am I just imagining this or are CEOs/Owers/and people of authority in general, are becoming more stupid (in the full meaning of the word) with each passing year!?? Sometimes I just think these people (mentioned above) just can't think past their nose! I know some people will say "can't think past their wallet", but I'm not sure that would be accurate since if they even though of their wallet, they would make decisions that wouldn't cut their umbilical cord."

    Maybe, but I'd bet if a few people are about to make a pretty penny or benefit in some way with those laws they would probably rather people just think they made a stupid decision by mistake rather than purposefully.
     
  10. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 283   +132

    Forcing a private company to stay open, after lobbying in such a way that loses said company money for staying open.

    Sounds like the EU.
     
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    If there is a demand for it, someone will step in and pick up the slack. It doesn't have to be Google.
     

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