Spain approves 'Google tax'

Spain approves 'Google tax'

Spain’s parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results.

The law comes into effect on January 1 but does not specify how much aggregators like Google News could be charged.

Spain’s AEDE group of news publishers had lobbied for what is known as the “Google Tax” but has not provided specifics.

Google’s Spanish division said it was disappointed with the outcome and will work with Spanish news publishers to help them increase income.

Google last year agreed to help French news organisations increase online advertising revenue and fund digital publishing innovations to settle a dispute over whether it should pay for news content in its search results.

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