Spain's cabinet OKs 'Google tax' on Internet content

News editors, authors to be compensated for content use

14 February, 20:00

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, FEBRUARY 14 - The Spanish government on Friday green-lit an intellectual property law reform that would include a so-called Google tax similar to that of France and Germany, Deputy Premier Soraya Sanz de Santamaria told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

    The law would allow news editors to be compensated by sites such as Google News for the right to quote or use their content in press reviews.

    This would be applicable to ''non-significant information, opinion or entertainment'' fragments, Sanz de Santamaria explained.

    ''The law will recognize the rights of publishers and authors to economic compensation for the exploitation of their content under certain circumstances'', she said.

    The measure excludes photographs, the use of which is always pending authorization requests.

    The proposed reform, which must now be approved by parliament, aims to fight Internet piracy, which is widespread in Spain, and to make copyright authorities more transparent after an economic scandal that rocked the writers' guild in recent months. (ANSAmed).

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