After eight years of interruption, Google News returns to Spain, thanks to the update of the copyright law

After an eight-year hiatus, Google News returned to Spain on Wednesday. Google’s parent company Alphabet shut down the service earlier due to a Spanish rule that required news aggregators to pay publishers for the use of snippets of their news. Spain transposed European Union copyright rules, which were overhauled in 2020, into law last year. This development has allowed the media to negotiate directly with the tech giant Google. Since it was more profitable for Google, it seems to have prompted the company to announce last year that Google News would reopen in the country in a year.

In a blog post, Fuencisla Clemares, Google Vice President for the Iberian Peninsula, said: “Today, on the 20th global anniversary of Google News, and after an almost eight-year hiatus, Google News returns to Spain.”

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The company also plans to launch Google News Showcase as soon as possible in Spain, she said. Showcase is the company’s vehicle for paying news publishers.

“It’s thanks to an updated copyright law allowing media outlets in Spain – big and small – to make their own decisions about how their content can be discovered and how they want to monetize that content,” he said. added Clemares.


(With agency contributions)


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