Alphabet in talks with Spanish publishers to bring Google News back, sources say
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By Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google is negotiating individual licensing deals with a divided Spanish news industry that could allow the U.S. tech giant's news service to resume in the country, three sources close to the matter told Reuters. Google News, which links to third party content, closed in Spain in late 2014 in response to legislation which meant it had to pay a mandatory collective licensing fee to re-publish headlines or snippets of news. Now the thorny issue is back on the table as Spain prepares to implement the 2019 European Union copyright directive by June. While that requires Google, Facebook and others to share revenue with publishers, the government could allow the companies to negotiate individual deals with content providers. Spain's Culture ...Read More on Datafloq
Feb. 22, 2021, 6 p.m.