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Report: Spain’s Google Tax A Disaster For Newspapers, Internet Innovation

Call it one of the most eggregious examples of unintended consequences. The effort of the Spanish newspaper association and Spanish government to get Google to subsidize Spanish news publishers with a mandatory link tax (under the the guise of copyright fees) is a massive disaster — for publishers, for the Spanish internet and for innovation in the country. Here’s the history: the Spanish Newspaper Publishers Association successfully convinced Spanish lawmakers in late 2014 to pass a strict “anti-piracy” law , which mandated compensation for the appearance of newspaper publishers’ content on news aggregation sites as of January 1, 2015. It was effectively directed at Google but applied broadly to all news/content aggregators. In response, Google shuttered Google News in Spain , though it has continued to present Spanish news sites on its main search engine results page (SE...

Full article: http://searchengineland.com/report-spains-google-tax-a-di...

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