To continue the story we shared last week about Google making the decision to shut down Google News in Spain, the Spanish Newspaper Publishers Association (AEDE) is attempting to stop Google from shutting it down. Here is our original story about it. You can find out all the background information you need there.
Now the AEDE has asked the Spanish government and EU competition officials to make Google keep their News site open in Spain. They are trying desperately to keep the site open because its closure “will undoubtedly have a negative impact on citizens and Spanish businesses.”
Even with the closure of the News site, Google said last week that they will continue to index news publisher content in the main search results. The AEDE fighting this hard to keep Google News open makes them look pretty silly right now. They are trying to utilize public interest in order to stop Google from thwarting the link tax that would come about if Google News stayed open past the 2014 year.
But despite the silliness, this case is still quite important because if the Spanish can manage to pull a win, it will be a model for the rest of Europe. By allowing the government to force Google to keep their News up and running, Google would have to choice but to pay their tax, allowing for some extra revenue.
The entire story can be found in the link below
Search Engine Land: Spanish Newspapers Want Government To Force Google To Keep News Open In Spain
Original Source by Greg Sterling