December 14, 2014 Last Updated 3:29 pm

Spanish publishers’ association asks government to intervene to help in fight with Google News

Newspaper association wants government to intervene before Google goes forward with their promise to close Google News in Spain

The Spanish newspaper publisher’s association, Asociación de Editores de Diarios Españoles (AEDE), cheered when the Spanish legislation passed a tax on search engines when then they displayed snippets of news stories from Spanish media outlets; Google then did the usual in that they said they would stop displaying snippets from Spanish media. This weekend, the AEDE begged Google not to pull the plug on media outlets.

“The closure of Google News… is not the equivalent to the closing of another service, given its dominant position in the market, and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on Spanish citizens and businesses,” said the AEDE in a statement.

The AEDE now says it wants to negotiate with Google over fees they want Google to pay publishers, something that simply will not happen. Barring that, they want the Spanish government to intervene.

“As Google News itself makes no money (we do not show any advertising on the site) this new approach is simply not sustainable,” Richard Gingras, Head of Google News wrote last week. “So it’s with real sadness that on 16 December (before the new law comes into effect in January) we’ll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain.”

With the law still to go into effect on January 1, Google would either have to have Spanish newspapers sign an agreement allowing Google to display news snippets, or the law would have to be repealed. Anything less than this would mean Google would withdraw media outlet news results from Google News, with the same results German news outlets saw when it happened there: a dramatic decrease in web traffic to the media websites (and, therefore, a loss of ad revenue).

Everyone, except the AEDE, apparently, saw this coming a mile away.

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