Google News reopens in Spain after an eight-year shutdown

Google News reopens in Spain after an eight-year shutdown

Google News was reinstated in Spain on Wednesday by Alphabet, eight years after it was shut down due to a Spanish law requiring the firm and other articles aggregators to pay authors for using excerpts of their news.

Last year, Madrid enacted laws to implement European Union copyright regulations, which will be updated in 2020, enabling media outlets to negotiate with the internet behemoth directly.

As a result of the action, Google said last year that it would reopen Google News the following year.

In a blog post, Fuencisla Clemares, vice president for Iberia, stated, “Today, on the worldwide 20th anniversary of Google News, and after an almost eight-year vacation, Google News is returning to Spain.”

She also said that Google News Showcase, the company’s platform for compensating news producers, will be launched in Spain as soon as feasible.