Alphabet Says It Plans to Reopen Google News in Spain After Government Amends Rules

Alphabet plans to reopen its Google News service in Spain early next year after the government passed a new law that allows media outlets to interact directly with the tech giant, the company said on Wednesday. Is.

The service was discontinued in 2014 after the government passed a rule Alphabet and other newsgroups must pay a collective license fee to republish headlines or news excerpts.

“Early next year, Google News Will provide links to useful and relevant news stories.” Google Spain’s country manager Fuencisla Clemares wrote on a company blog.

“In the coming months, we will work with publishers to reach agreements that cover their rights under the new law,” he added.

The Spanish government on Tuesday approved a The European Union Copyright directive that allows third-party online news platforms to interact directly with content providers.

EU law, which must be adopted by all member states, requires platforms such as Google, Facebook and to share revenue with other publishers but it also removes collective fees and allows them to reach individual or group agreements with publishers.

The debate over Google News pitted traditional media, who supported the old system, against a new breed of online outlets that sought more revenue from direct agreements with Alphabet and other platforms, rather than their share of the collective fee. Were hoping

Arsenio Escolar, president of the Club Publishers Association, a group of about 1,000 primarily online news outlets including major digital brands such as El Espaol and Aldiario.S, said he is pleased with the new law.

The AMI Media Association, which mainly represents the old defender of traditional media and was in favor of retaining the previous system, declined to comment on the government’s decision.

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