It is the first time in the history of the search engine giant that it has decided to snub Google News for the whole nation, Spain. All the Spanish publications are supposed to be removed from the index of news reports in the Google search engine. The changes will be affected from Tuesday onwards.
The issue has been discussed in a post on Google’s Europe Blog written by Richard Gingras, who is the senior director of news and social products of the search engine giant. According to the new legislation by the Spanish government, they will need the news aggregators like Google to pay a fee to publishers in order to use the headlines and story snippets which would then be linked to the web site of the publishers.
The law is supposed to come into effect from January 1 and would cover several types of publications, including the likes of bloggers, national newspapers and the local news outlets. The publications would be given a free pass to charge the websites like Google, no matter they opposed the fees or not.
Currently, Google news holds on to 70 international editions that cover up to 35 languages. Google news is a free service that enables the users to check the news publications online without any hassles. According to the new law, the publishers will also reserve the right to decide whether their publication should appear on the Google news page or not.
According to Richard Gingras, the senior director of news and social products of Google, “It’s a service that hundreds of millions of users love and trust, including many here in Spain; Google news creates real value for these publications by driving people to their Web sites, which in turn helps generate advertising revenues.”
The minister of education for Spain, Jose Ignacio Wert blamed Google news for hastily ceasing its operations in Spain without the negotiations being made on the amount that aggregators need to pay to the publishers.
Spain is not the first country to enact such law as countries like Germany, France and Belgium have already passed a similar law giving supreme rights to its publishers.
According to the Spain Report, the Spanish Newspaper Publishers’ Association is now pleading Google to bring back Google News:
￼The Spanish Newspaper Publishers’ Association (AEDE) issued a statement last night saying that Google News was “not just the closure of another service given its dominant market position”, recognizing that Google’s decision: “will undoubtedly have a negative impact on citizens and Spanish businesses”.
However, Google explained the Spanish Google News issue:
￼“This new legislation requires every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications, whether they want to or not. As Google News itself makes no money (we do not show any advertising on the site) this new approach is simply not sustainable. So it’s with real sadness that on 16 December (before the new law comes into effect in January) we’ll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain.”