copyright changes bring back the mythical tool

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Google news is available again in Spain. Almost eight years have passed since that December 2014, when Google News closed in Spain to show its rejection of the Canon AEDE. Today things are different between the media and Google. The mythical tool, which turns twenty years old, returns to Spain as it was announced that it would do after the approval of the ‘Iceta Law’.


The reform of the Intellectual Property Law and the transposition of the European copyright directive have opened a new episode in relations between the media, which asked for compensation for using their news, and Google, which will finally not be forced to pay them directly by law, although it is negotiating on a case-by-case basis and reaching specific agreements.

On the web and through mobile

Google News is now available in Spain through a dedicated website. It will also do so for the next few days with a specific application, both on Android and iOS. In this tool we will find a portal where we can read all kinds of news, from the most popular newspapers to specialized websites, including specialized media.

In the summary tab we will find both outstanding news of each moment, even local news based on our location, as well as different topics by categories: international, economy, science and technology, leisure, health… Google explains that it will be easy to organize the links and promises to show news from reliable sources, “from the largest sites to small publications.

Google News Spain

The reopening of Google News occurs thanks to a better understanding of the role that this tool plays in the dissemination of news.

As Google explains, agreements have been reached with some publishers to “cover your rights under the new law. In addition, we will work to bring to Spain Google News Showcase, a licensing program and new product experience that pays publishers to curate content for story boards on Google News and Discover.”

In its day, the Canon AEDE forced Google to pay for linking these news, something that caused Google to close the tool. With the new copyright law this disappears, although the media will be able to receive benefits from Google through specific agreements.

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This in the hands of each media outlet to decide whether to negotiate with Google or with organizations such as Cedro, which for its part sued Google for 1.1 million euros in copyright for the Discover service.

Google wants to recover its good relationship with the media. Fuencisla Clemares, VP of Google Spain, says that “journalists are essential to help us understand important events as they evolve.” As a result of the closure of Google News, traffic to the websites of Spanish publishers fell by 10%, according to research. We will have to see now how the users of Spain react to his return.

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Google news is available again in Spain. Almost eight years have passed since that December 2014, when Google News closed…

Google news is available again in Spain. Almost eight years have passed since that December 2014, when Google News closed…

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