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Google closes Spanish news service

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 01:12

Google says it is closing its news-linking service in Spain next week due to new legislation under which publishers can charge search engines for using their content. As Amy Pollock reports, this is just the search giant's latest run in with publishers.

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Google news will be no more in Spain from next week. The internet search giant says it will close its service due to a new copyright law allowing publishers to charge for using their content. It means readers around the world will no longer find links to articles from Spanish publishers like El Pais and El Mundo on Google News - only through the main search engine. Google Spain's Anais Perez says it makes their Spanish news service unsustainable. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) SPOKESPERSON FOR GOOGLE SPAIN, ANAIS PEREZ, SAYING: "Google News is a free-of-cost product without adds for which we obtain no revenue. Therefore it will not be beneficial for the company if we had to pay for this content." Publishers won't be able to opt out of the law - even if they want to. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) SPOKESPERSON FOR GOOGLE SPAIN, ANAIS PEREZ, SAYING: "We believe that the Internet is based on the right to freedom of information and the right for users to be able to share that information so the more users have access to information, the better. In this case, with the closure of Google News, there will be fewer users having access to that information." It's not the first time Google has run into trouble with European publishers. And a campaign to rein in its power over the internet search market is growing Many newspapers blame them for falling revenues. But Google says it helps news sites make money through online advertising.

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Google closes Spanish news service

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 01:12