What Europe should learn from the Google News shutdown in Spain

Jimmy Soni, former managing editor of The Huffington Post, shares some lessons from Spain’s “Google tax” that led the company to shut down rather than pay a link tax. “Spain’s ‘Google tax’ is remarkable in many respects, not least in the very public manner in which it backfired (just as similar moves in Germany and Belgium failed),” writes Soni. “But in some ways, the Spanish law is in entirely in keeping with the general hostility toward Google in Europe.”

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