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Hola to the Google tax

Written by Michael Coyle on 04 November 2014

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Google disagrees and a spokesman was quoted as saying:- “We believe that services like Google News help publishers bring traffic to their sites. As far as the future is concerned, we will continue working with the Spanish publishers to help increase their revenues while we evaluate our options within the framework of the new legislation.”

Reaction in Spain was swift too  Julio Alonso was quoted as saying:-

" It has been called ‘Google Tax’ because it is easier to describe it, But it clearly includes anyone else doing aggregation. This includes local companies such as Menéame, but also services like Flipboard, Pocket, even Facebook and Twitter.”

It will be interesting to see if the Spanish model is a disaster for everyone, one thing for certain is that the debate over online aggregators is not going away. 

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