31 Oct '14, 6pm

Following Germany’s Lead Spain Passes Misguided “Google Tax” Anti-Piracy Law

Given the saga of Germany’s ill-conceived and poorly implemented “ancillary copyright law” one would have thought that another European government wouldn’t immediately duplicate the mistake. But that’s exactly what’s happened in Spain . Spanish newspaper publishers, hoping to turn Google into a source of compulsory licensing revenue, worked to pass a new law that imposes strict fines for the uncompensated appearance of snippets in search results. Under the ostensible notion of protecting copyright owners against online piracy, the law was concocted by Spanish newspaper group AEDE . The anti-piracy elements of the law are not well crafted apparently. According to an article in the Hollywood Reporter, what constitutes piracy under the law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2015, is “vague” and “weak.” Other critics argue the law is a “missed opportunity” to truly combat o...

Full article: http://searchengineland.com/spain-follows-germany-passing...

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