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Will Spain regress to the Dark Ages when Google shuts down its News Service in Spain?

I use Google to search for articles in the Spanish news.  Starting December 16, 2014, this service will no longer be available.  Spain will be cut off from the civilized world which uses the internet to read the news.  What effect will this have on Spain's relationship to the international community?  


"Online search giant Google is shutting down its Google News service in Spain before a new intellectual property law is introduced.  Google will shut the service on 16 December before the law comes into effect in January, the firm said.  The law allows Spanish publications to charge services like Google News if their content is shown on the site. But Google has argued against the ruling, saying that it makes no money from its search-based service."  -

Dec 12, 2014 1:05 PM
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December 12, 2014

The news industry wants to pass the same type of law here in The States, but so far they've been unsucessful. They've been losing money and newspaper subscribers because most young people prefer to get their news online as opposed to getting it from a newspaper. So the news industry feels that the only way to adapt is to make readers pay for each news article that they read online. So they want search engines like google to pay them everytime their news article shows up in the search engine, but google refuses to pay for something that they're now even being paid from. I think it is because the news industry is greedy, their way of thinking is outdated, and they don't understand how to adapt to this new age.

December 12, 2014

I don't mean that the idea is anything nice of course:) And I think, Google will win.

December 12, 2014

Google definitely makes some money indirectly.

December 12, 2014

The sad reality is that most Spaniards still get their news by buying a newspaper or watching TV. The online versions of these media might suffer from reduced traffic, but I'm not sure it will affect their overall revenue too much. 


Dedicated online media will be furious, of course, but so far none are so large that they can easily lobby the government to change. We can only hope the newspapers see the result quickly and panic, and themselves ask for the government to rescind the law.

December 12, 2014
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