Google and aggregators stop linking Spanish sites
Today, July 22, the Committee on Culture of Congress passed with 22 votes in favor and 20 against the draft text to amend the Copyright Act, probably the most infamous law of history of the Internet in Spain.
The result has been that Congress has today approved the so-called canon AEDE (Association of Spanish Newspaper Publishers) also known as Google rate. A rate at which an inalienable right to periodically update any website automatically generates a right to collect on any other website is created that link right to charge to be collected by a body which SGAE and distributed among its members.
That is as provided for by law, Google News will pay rate, Zite and Flipboad have to pay rates, Facebook will have to pay fees, RSS readers also pay fees and Twitter also pay rate, any site that links to a newspaper Spanish is likely to see as they charge a fee.
Moreover, in theory, if any website it links us or uses any other blog is also likely to charge a fee but we have put our content under Creative Commons licensing, although we are not discharged in AEDE or CEDRO, even if we want to everyone can share our content for free. We will not see a euro, but we can not give you a completely foreign body copper rate by us and allocated among its partners.
CONSEQUENCES: penalized and almost criminalizes internet link. The right to quote and worse in Spain kills are pioneers and we loaded the concept of link, ie the essence of internet.
At the end of this law will turn against all those who support it. The media will lose traffic and end up begging for them to remove the fee and return them to bind. The blogs will have two options: go out or disappear.
Google and aggregators stop linking Spanish sites. The whole country will pay the consequences. Readers gradually we will go to foreign media, or those who have "migrated". In a few years the damage to the Spanish content industry will end up being huge.
And finally the Luxembourg Court will pull down the law. But it will not matter. The damage is done and Spain will have lost the train
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