Spanish newspapers vs Google…guess who wins

One of my biggest learning from writing this blog is the power Google wields. Building a following that is loyal and reads whatever you write is incredibly hard; much easier to appeal to the Google gods to send traffic your way.

I understand this, and I’m writing a rinky-dink blog.

The newspaper publishing industry in Spain doesn’t, so they lobbied the government to enact a law so newspapers can charge Google every time snippets appear on Google News. This wouldn’t just apply to Google News but to all other news aggregators too like feecha.

Google responded the way I would’ve and called their bluff — by pulling Google News out of Spain and excluding Spain-based newspapers from Google News.

Here’s the industry’s response:

“Given the dominant position of Google (which in Spain controls almost all of the searches in the market and is an authentic gateway to the Internet), [The Spanish Newspaper Publishers’ Association] requires the intervention of Spanish and community authorities, and competition authorities, to effectively protect the rights of citizens and companies”.

Ha! Newspapers in Spain want their cake and eat it too. They want Google to pay royalties and still invite them to the party.

You can’t have it both ways. Either Google is helping these newspapers, in which case, it’s odd to expect them to pay — or Google is leeching off these newspapers, in which case if an agreement cannot be reached, they are better off with Google walking away anyway.

For obvious reasons, they’re not.

Here’s a sampling of Spanish publications and how they’re doing:


2 thoughts on “Spanish newspapers vs Google…guess who wins

  1. From what I understand, Google is not earning a cent from Google News. In this case, I don’t think Google is trying to play a dangerous game of bluff. They are pulling out because it simply doesn’t make sense to pay to maintain a service which holds little strategic value. Google’s not a charity after all!

    This makes me wonder if there are two separate entities here who are not acting in concert. The publishers, and the organisation who claims to be representing them?


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