For companies like Google, facing problems with the law across Europe has become a common thing. The most recent example of this is now taking place in Spain, where the country’s parliament just gave the go-ahead to what’s being known as the “Google Tax,” a set of intellectual property laws that lets news publishers get paid every time their content is linked within search results.
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 goes into effect Jan. 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 Inc.’s Spanish division said Thursday 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 organizations increase online advertising revenue and fund digital publishing innovations to settle a dispute there over whether it should pay for news content in its search results.