ONLINE search engine Google will shut down its Google News service in Spain ahead of the country’s new intellectual property law.
From December 16, Spanish publications will no longer appear on Google’s search engines and the ‘News’ feature will be disabled to Spanish residents.
The decision comes in response to the Spanish government’s decision to introduce a controversial tax – nicknamed Google tax – which will allow Spanish publications to charge services like Google News.
Head of Google News, Richard Gingras, said: “It’s with real sadness that on December 16 we’ll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain.”
He added that the Spanish law was ‘not sustainable’ and made no sense seeing as ‘Google News itself makes no money’.