Boycott Called Against Spanish Newspaper Publishers' Association Titles In Protest Of New Copyright Law
from the defending-the-glue dept
Last week we reported on the Spanish newspaper publishers’ association (AEDE) begging the Spanish government and EU to stop Google News shutting down as it realizes how much its members depend on Google for traffic to newspaper sites. To bring home just how stupid the new Spanish copyright law is, the online site Hipertextual.com is now calling for a boycott of all titles owned by AEDE (original in Spanish):
Are you too against the new copyright law and the AEDE tax on media and aggregators? The first step you can take right now is to begin a boycott of AEDE titles: don’t visit them, don’t link to them, don’t give them traffic or relevance.
The Hipertextual.com article also recommends installing add-ons for the Chrome and Firefox browsers that automatically block all links to AEDE titles, and provides lists of international, national and regional alternatives.
Even if it is well supported, the boycott on its own probably wouldn’t have much effect, but combined with the devastating loss of traffic that Google News closing will cause, it will certainly add to the pressure on the AEDE publishers. Just as importantly, it will also show that whatever the Spanish government may think, the country’s new copyright law is not just about squeezing money from a rich US company, but also represents a serious threat to the basic glue that holds the Web together — the hypertext link.