Google News Reopens In Spain After Eight-year Shutdown
The US tech giant announced in November 2021 that Google News would return to Spain, without setting a date, after Madrid approved a 2019 EU copyright law that allows third-party online news platforms to negotiate directly with content providers regarding fees.
This means Google no longer has to pay a fee to Spain’s entire media industry and can instead negotiate with individual publishers.
“Today, on the global 20th anniversary of Google News, and after an almost eight-year hiatus, Google News is returning to Spain,” Google’s vice president for Spain and Portugal, Fuencisla Clemares, wrote in a blogpost.
Google News closed in Spain in December 2014 after legislation passed requiring web platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay publishers to reproduce content from other websites, including links to their articles that describe a story’s content.