“Spanish newspapers formed suicide pact, invited Google to pull the trigger. Google did.” — Twitter user.
Spain’s ailing newspaper industry, which is utterly dependent upon Google News search engine to drive traffic and revenues, is now at risk.
The spirit of the new law “is not really about compensation, but about extorting money from Google… The final result of the Google Tax: no one gets paid, media lose traffic and Internet users lose an important service. Spanish newspaper publishers should be thankful that an external agent drives readers to their publications for free.” — Alfredo Pasqual, technology commentator.
Europe’s obsession with Google may be more about anti-Americanism than anything else…