Google Shuts Google News In Spain Over Copyright Issues.

In an unprecedented situation, Google has decided to call off its news product in Spain. A new law proposed in Spain led Google to take the decision. This new law that will go effective in January 2015 forces Spanish publishers to charge Google news for showing news snippets. The decision goes overboard for Google since it doesn’t show any ad or earn any money via news.

In its Google Europe blog today, the company posted:

“Google’s closing the service with “real sadness” ahead of the new law going into effect this January. It’ll start by removing Spanish publishers on 16 December, before closing down the whole product in that country.

What seems really worst about the decision is that Google will also remove the news snippets showing Spanish news from global results. That means the news snippets will not only be removed from Spanish search results but also from any other news edition.

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Richard Gingras, head of Google News, said:

“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.

Google said that from December 16 Google news will stop linking news content from Spanish publishers.

Stroy: Google Shuts Google News in Spain.

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