Georgina Boixereu.- The Spanish Government has declared that RSS readers, amongst which the best known is Google News, will have to compensate economically the sources they link. In the context of the new intellectual property law approval, the Government has attended a historical press vindication, which accused the newsreaders to get direct profit from their work.
The most exemplified case is, as we were saying, Google News. This searcher selects, organises, prioritizes and tags different news of the day, and shows them to its public with a title and brief description. Many users -44% according to a study compiled in Parasitos– do not click the link that would redirect them to the original source, but they conform with this superficial information, which benefits the North American giant, as they benefit from others’ work.
This new law establishes that both sides have to get together sometime in the next three months and reach an agreement on the amount of money the RSS readers will have to pay their sources. In case this understanding was not attained, the Cultural Ministry would intervene through the Intellectual Property Comission, which would be in charge of mediating between both parts.
Source: El Periódico
Tranlated by Clàudia Arqués