“Having lobbied hard for a Spanish law that forces Google to pay royalties for using snippets of articles in its News service, and having since seen the company say it would shut down Google News in Spain because it doesn’t make money off it anyway, Spain’s publishers are now trying to stop that closure.
The Spanish Association of Daily Newspaper Publishers (AEDE) said in a statement late last week that “the closure of Google News…is not equivalent to the closing of another service given its dominant position in the market and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on Spanish citizens and businesses.”
The publishers wanted money for nothing. They didn’t get it. Google has the right to shut down its services. The publishers do now face a “negative impact,” but it’s entirely of their own making. It’s just a pity that this negative impact will also hit Spanish citizens.”