Spain taxes Google News. Google say adios. Spain says, Oh no, come back!

Spanish newspapers are now asking Google News not to leave the country.

The Spanish Newspapers Publishers’ Association (AEDE) has called on the Spain government and European competition authorities to stop Google shutting its operation down there, the Spain Report says.

It’s a huge U-turn for AEDA because the media lobbying group was pivotal in getting a new law introduced in Spain that would have required Google to pay newspapers if it linked to them. That legislation caused Google to announce on Wednesday that it would be jumping ship.

Source: Business Insider UK.

This is what you get when idiot politicians combine with short-sighted big business.

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