The End Of Google News In Spain
Fresh and interesting article posted on the IPKat IP Blog about the introduction in Spain of a new intellectual property legislation that will charge the free Google News service for showing snippet from Spanish publishers publications. As a result, Google will remove Spanish publishers from this service, and close Google News in Spain.
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but had to eat anyway because he has
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While a decision of this kind is certainly available to a tech giant like Google that provides its services on a world-wide basis, would the same be true also for smaller, Spanish companies or start-ups that wished to enter or remain in the Spanish news aggregation service market? Or, rather, will the Spanish initiative have the side effect of pushing them out of the market tout court?
Spain and German go global (or at least EU-wide)? We'll see ... Stay tuned!"