After the Spanish parliament approved some amendments in the Intellectual Property Law which will come in effect on January 1 2015, Google accordingly announced that it would shut down its news department on December 16 2014 in the country, ahead of the new tax laws.
The reforms in the tax law will allow news publishers to charge aggregator sites, such as Google News, each time they display news content in search results. To avoid this controversial law, Google took this rather extreme step because the company won’t receive any profits from publishing Spanish publishers in their news aggregator, rendering their business unsustainable.
With the situation in turmoil, Spanish news organizations are now demanding that the government should reach an understanding with Google because the company is too ‘dominant’ in the market to simply leave and doing so will ‘undoubtedly have a negative impact’ on the businesses as well as the public.
According to The Spain Report, Spanish Newspaper Publishers’ Association (AEDE) issued a statement last night stating that:
Given the dominant position of Google (which in Spain controls almost all of the searches in the market and is an authentic gateway to the Internet), AEDE requires the intervention of Spanish and community authorities, and competition authorities, to effectively protect the rights of citizens and companies.