The Google Tax controversy will affect everything
The reform of the Intellectual Property Law will bring with it the canon of the Association of Spanish Newspaper Publishers (AEDE) which will affect companies, users, countless projects and, in general, the entire Internet community. This unfair fee will bring legal conflicts due to the reform of the right to quote in point 32.2 of the article in which it is regulated , although for now the Law does not make clear if social networks will be affected, the government has said no in a press conference. This makes us distrust the government’s own word for everything that has happened during the legislature and how implausible it is that the law does not contemplate the assumption and then clarify it to the media.
Those who will be affected will surely be the news aggregators such as Menéame or divoblogger who will have to pay a fee if they want to link to the media belonging to AEDE. According to the publishers, services such as Google News profit from the use they make of their links and want to be paid for it. This is clearly absurd as these aggregators provide many hits and advertising revenue to the sites they link to , everyone wants to be on those sites with hundreds of thousands of users but AEDE still insists on shooting itself in the foot. On the one hand they will lose the millions of visits they provide and on the other they have gained the anger of the Internet community which has already launched the boycott of these media and is already causing great losses.
The controversial royalty rate crosses borders…
You have to keep in mind that linking is the essence of the Internet and if someone doesn’t want to appear in Google News they can easily ask for it. This measure may affect all those who have a blog, since the ambiguity with which the law is written allows to consider blogs as aggregators , with the consequent payment of the controversial fee. This is why the controversy has crossed borders, as Noomag points out:
- From the portal Techdirt they say that “after talking about the cases of Germany and France: The situation in Spain is even more ridiculous.
- The Guardian states that “Every website has a file called robots.txt where you can tell search engines not to index them”.
- From International Businnes we can read “The mere knowledge of this news has irritated defenders of Internet freedom and observers of journalism, such as the new media heavyweights Reddit, Drudge Report or dozens of the most visited sites on the Internet that depend almost entirely on links for their content”.
- The guys at Qz.com rightly point out that “nobody seems to be very sure about how the new Google tax will work in Spain”.
- Even from Australia it has arrived in one of the main media as it is the Sindney Morning Herald they say that “it is not clear if the law applies only to news aggregators like Google or if social networks like Facebook or Twitter would also be affected”.
- One of the main business portals Bussines Insider points out “Spain has just passed a law that insanely taxes Google for linking news”.
You will have to pay even if it is published under a free license
The law states that “this right is inalienable” so even if published under a free license the fee will still apply , so even if the author waives the fee there will be someone to collect it on his behalf. Those in charge of collecting the fees, as the controversial SGAE did in its day, will be the collecting societies such as AEDE or CEDRO, which with all the controversy generated seems that we will have the second part of the show that the Sociedad General de Autores Españoles starred in its day.
Finally, it should be noted that pages outside Spain will not be affected so sadly we will see many of the great pages in our country forced into exile. On the Internet, borders disappear and having a page hosted abroad is relatively easy, so we will see how many websites will cease to be hosted within our borders in order to continue linking as they have done up to now.
For all these reasons, at iPadizate we are against an unjust canon that could endanger many future and present projects that would generate a great economic activity beneficial in the short term for the current economic situation. For more information we recommend CanonAede.
Articles on the AEDE canon which, yes or no, we recommend you read
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