Google tax backlash: Spanish search fight.

Author:Shackford, Scott
Position:Citings - Brief article

Last October, Spain's parliament passed a law, pushed by the country's big publishers, that revised copyright regulations to require payments for quoting even snippets of writing from media sources online. The law further gives news publishers an "inalienable right" to these payments that cannot be surrendered, even by the publishers themselves.

Some observers called it the "Google tax," as it was obviously designed to try to wring money out of online services that fink to media outlets and include short excerpts of text, much like the service Google News provides. Thus, not allowing publishers to refuse the money made a certain sort of sense. If nobody is allowed exemptions, Google can't include in its news aggregation only those publishers who let them excerpt their stories for free. Google and other search services would have to pay...

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