Google News returns to Spain early next year

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Google News will soon be available again in Spain after the country amended a law that imposed fees on news aggregators for using content from local publishers.

“We took this decision following a new royal decree implementing the European copyright directive, introduced today by the Spanish government,” said Fuencisla Clemares, director of Google Iberia, on Wednesday in a blog post.

Google News, the tech giant’s site and app that links to new stories, closed in Spain in 2014 after the country passed a law requiring aggregation services that publish links and excerpts from newspaper articles to pay a fee to the Association of Editors-in-Chief of Spanish Dailies, an organization that represents the newspaper industry the Spanish press. Failure to do so could result in fines of up to € 600,000, or approximately $ 700,000.

This week, the country passed a European copyright law that will allow Spanish media to negotiate directly with Google over revenue sharing and how content is used. Spanish officials said the amended law brings “national copyright law in line with the digital environment” and will benefit publishers and other creators, Reuters reported.

The service will be available again early next year, Google said.

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