Google News reopens in Spain after eight years of shutdown

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BRUSSELS: Alphabet reopened Google News in Spain on Wednesday, eight years after shutting down the service due to a Spanish rule requiring the company and other news aggregators to pay publishers for using snippets of their news.

Madrid last year transposed European Union copyright rules, overhauled in 2020, into law, allowing media outlets to negotiate directly with the tech giant.

The move prompted Google to announce last year that it would reopen Google News the following year.

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“Today, on the 20th global anniversary of Google News, and after a hiatus of almost eight years, Google News returns to Spain,” said Fuencisla Clemares, Vice President of Iberia, in an article by blog.

She said the company also plans to launch Google News Showcase, its vehicle for paid news publishers, as soon as possible in Spain.

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