- June 23, 2022
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Google News Reopens in Spain After Eight Years of Shutdown 2022
Google News reopens in Spain after the renewal of EU copyright rules
Alphabet Google News Reopened in Spain on Wednesday, eight years after it shut down the service due to a Spanish rule requiring the company and other new aggregators to pay publishers for the use of snippets of their news.
Madrid last year turned EU copyright rules, which were renewed 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 News the following year.
On its 20th anniversary, and after a break of nearly eight years News Reopens to Spain,” Fuencisla Climaris, Vice President of Iberia, said in a blog post.
He said the company also plans to launch a News Showcase, and its vehicle to pay news publishers, as soon as possible in Spain.