29 Jul '14, 9am

Spain Passes The “Google” Tax – How it will work no one is really sure

Admittedly, I’m a bit extreme in my antipathy for Google and overstate the case from time to time. And I acknowledge that the tax may not turn out to be devised or implemented well. But I do wish to applaud the principle of charging Google when it siphons away advertising dollars from content producers. We’re seeing the newspapers in the West strangled by Google. Those that don’t go under have adulterated their content and sacrificed their journalistic principles in order to mix advertising with good faith reporting of reality. This is too important not to combat, however crudely. Newspapers thrived for centuries before a website named Google interposed itself as gate keeper between people and the information they seek. So if Google drops all newspaper websites from its SERPs, people will seek their news outside Google confines. And Google’s stranglehold on commerce and th...

Full article: http://www.thedomains.com/2014/07/29/spain-passes-the-goo...

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