Google News to shut down in Spain following new copyright law

By Himanshu Arora ยท 4 replies
Dec 11, 2014
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  1. Over a month after Spain passed a new copyright law, allowing publishers to charge online news aggregation services for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications, Google has announced that it will discontinue its Google News offering in the...

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  2. MeladT

    MeladT TS Rookie Posts: 22   +7

    Spain are desperate and Google are smart.
  3. Fast forward to 2015: Spain news sites are begging google to put them back on Google News after their traffic dropped 75%
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  4. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    You want your traffic but you want to basically charge, those who likely are the main sources of your traffic? That's a nice way of just asking to get cut off, since they don't make anything from this. It's not like they paid into anything, to get the boost in traffic to their sites.

    Expect to make money for having your news aggregated, which is done ad free and then Google says no thanks. Pulls the plug and then sites will lose the bulk of their traffic, only to in a few months be begged by sites to help boost traffic again. This makes a lot of sense from an *****'s standpoint, because you're biting the hand that feeds you.
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  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    "A similar law was passed by Germany, too, following which Google removed newspapers from Google News, something which resulted in a significant drop in traffic to local news websites, forcing publishers to reach an agreement with the search giant."

    Anybody with even a modicum of business sense would have connected these dots as soon as the proposal was made, promptly bombing the idea before it even had a chance to roll out of the hangar. Unsurprisingly, media and their representatives are clueless.

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