On Thursday I reported that Google was shutting down its Google News search engine in Spain rather than pay license fees, and now it seems the Spanish govt has no plans to intevene and protect Spanish news publishers from their folly. Continue reading
Google announced yesterday that they are shutting down their Google News search engine in Spain. The search engine giant is anticipating changes to Spanish copyright law which will make it impossible to link to a news story without paying a license fee. Continue reading
Europe's censorship law has been causing any number of difficulties for European search engines ever since a ruling by the European Court of Justice confirmed the "right to be forgotten" in May, and now the problems have spread internationally.
Germany's biggest news publisher has just acceded to the fact that it needs Google more than Google needs it. Reuters reports that Axel Springer recently ended a two-week-long test where Springer blocked Google from using snippets of articles from its websites noting that the test had caused traffic to its sites to plunge. Continue reading
A new amendment to Spanish copyright law passed the upper house of Spain's Cortes Generales today, and it is due to become law next year. El Pais reports that the amendment makes a number of revisions to existing law, including the creation of a controversial tax on news aggregators.
The new law makes many problematic changes, including requiring universities to pay fees to a collection society for digital course materials which had otherwise been released under a CC license, but the one I am most interested in today is the tax on news aggregators. (You can find a complete breakdown on the changes on Google en Espanol.) Continue reading
The tech giant announced a new version of Google Play Books today which features better support for non fiction ebooks. (The apps have not been released as of the time I published this post.) According to Google, the new apps will enable readers to easily skim an entire book, browse all their notes and highlights, and quickly jump back and forth between different locations in the book. Continue reading
VG Media, the rights management firm which 200 German publishers had intended to use to collect the fees, announced on Wednesday that they would be granting Google a free license to use the snippets, saying that they were "forced to this extraordinary step, given the overwhelming market power of Google". Continue reading