The AEDE are frakking morons. Not only is Spain asking for Spain to force Google News to stay open, they also did not request that the new copyright law be repealed, that they are demanding that Google News in Spain remain open and that they be forced to pay the 'Google Tax' for news snippet licensing.
Morons. Google does not censor. If anything, it's the liberal news publications who continue to be biased and they NEVER EVER present both sides of the issue. How many times have we seen the media cherry pick their stories to make President Obama and the Democrats look good. I can't remember the last time news media reported or published an article that reported on a Democrats violating his moral or ethical obligations to the taxpayers of this country.
if you think that Google is censoring anything, I've got news for you. It's the media. I can't remember the last time I saw an investigative report done by the media. It's just become a propaganda machine for liberals.
Don't blame Google, blame the news media. After all, these are the same morons who keep removing the ability for their readers to comment on their articles or editorial decisions and they defend their actions, claiming that banning comments is a good thing for news publishers.
Hell, Huffington Post deletes comments all the time when someone posts a negative message about Democrats or question how their policies are destroying this country by not reigning in police harassment or in their unwillingness to repeal The Patriot Act, the NDAA and warrantless wiretapping.
When was the last time you read an article at a news publisher where they investigate the abuses of law enforcement or the out of control copyright policies in this country.
The biggest problem that nobody has realized is that the AEDE, has just been granted expansive powers under the new copyright law, meaning that news publishers wouldn't be collecting those payments directly, it would be the AEDE collecting those licensing payments for the news publishers.
Spain needs another rights organization like we need another dictator.
The moron who stated that this law set a precedent is totally ignorant of how the law works. Precedents are only set by a court of law, where a decision by a court has such far reaching consequences that it affects other court cases in the future. LAWS do not set precedents, as they are constantly overturned all the time or repealed.
Seriously, learn how the freaking law works before you show people exactly how ignorant you really are.
AC, what a moronic statement. This isn't a silly copyright squabble. Spain's law was aimed directly at Google because the major news publishers in Spain don't believe in fair use and that just posting news snippets isn't violating true copyright law.
Google wasn't making any money off Google News and the news publishers benefited more from featuring those news publishers in its service, free of charge.
The fact is that news publishers in Spain thought they could bluff Google and ended up having their bluff called. When you're holding a pair of deuces, you don't try to bluff the other players into thinking you have a better hand because you're already betting on a losing hand.
Fact is, Google called Spain's bluff and just opted to shut down their news service in Spain. This law is nothing more than an attempt to penalize U.S.-based tech companies and it seems that the E.U., as a whole, has set its sights on Google, as there are a number of investigations and bills being considered to not only tax Google but also to break them up.
If Spain wants its news services back, then they can create their own news aggregators. Oh, wait. Spain's news aggregators would also be subject to this new copyright law.
Spain officials are morons. They said that bloggers and social media would not be subject to this law, which is a lie. Bloggers, social media and any website that sends traffic to news publisher websites will also be subject to this 'licensing fee'. News publishers in Spain want to be paid when you send internet users to their websites.
This really isn't any surprise. BY the way, there's really nothing Spain, the European Union or any governmental body can do to force Google to stay or to force them to keep running the site.
This is asinine to think that anyone can force Google to keep that website running. It's like forcing an employer to stay in business when they are running at a loss just to prevent the unemployment rate from increasing.
If Google decides they ant to close down Google News in Spain, there really isn't anything anybody can do to stop them. Perhaps if Spain wasn't so gung-ho about passing such an extreme version of copyright law, then this wouldn't have happened in the first place.
Oh, I love the AEDE's response: AEDE requires the intervention of Spanish and community authorities, and competition authorities, to effectively protect the rights of citizens and companies.
Uh, pardon me if I'm incorrect in saying this, but didn't the AEDE lobby heavily for Spain's new draconian copyright law? Spain has already intervened with this new copyright law. Now that they tried to bluff Google, Google called their bluff and decided to pull out the Nuclear Option and effectively shut down Google News in Spain and are scrubbing all Spain news publishers from every international edition of Google News. Now, AEDE is claiming that Google's move will harm Spain's economy?
Excuse me, but Spain failed to learn the lessons that Germany was forced to learn? Come to think of it, Axel Springer is the same moron who tried to force Google's hand in Germany and he's also the same news media mogul who pushed for Spain's copyright law.
Well, Spain just shot itself in the foot. Google is shutting down its Google News services in Spain and is blacklisting Spain's news publishers from all of its Google News outlets. I guess they'll have to generate their own traffic now, without the help of Google News.
Perhaps David Slater should watch and listening to the following music video from Peter Gabriel. The theme of the video? "Intelligence life is all around us". It's called "Animal Nation". Slater is a moron. You cannot copyright mother nature. LOLS
I noticed something about this law, that wasn't mentioned in the article. The copyright law in Spain basically seeks to demand Google News pay news publishers for linking to their websites. While the copyright law also lists 'news snippets', the text of the law does state that news aggregators pay licensing fees for snippets as well as pay for linking to news publisher websites in Spain not to mention making it illegal to link to news aggregator websites that are now classified as 'pirate' websites if they don't pay up.
Michael Brown got what he deserved. Like my dad would always say: "karma is a bitch".
Fact is, Michael Brown robbed a store and assaulted the store owner. Of course, liberals will cry about it and blame the store owner for getting robbed. I have no sympathy for Michael brown or his family because he obviously wasn't brought up and taught right from wrong. Just because someone has something you want doesn't mean you can take it without paying for it.
Perhaps Michael Brown's family should have instilled in Michael that stealing a carton of cigarettes and then assaulting the store owner when the owner tried to stop him from leaving with the unpaid merchandise and then walking down the middle of a street, placing the lives of motorists at risk and refusing to listen to the commands of a police officer, then Michael Brown would not have lost his life.
While it's true that the United States is a litigious society, there are certain circumstances where lawsuits are appropriate. This is one of them. Lawsuits have become a perfect tool for its citizens to hold public officials and institutions accountable for their actions.
Somebody thought this was a great idea? The person who thought this was a good idea should be drawn and quartered. It's like staging a terrorist attack in the middle of New York City to develop better security measures or staging an attack in Columbine.
This was thought up in poor taste, bad decision making.
There was no advanced notice because there are "no real life advance notices when it comes to attacks"? When officers burst into school rooms with their weapons drawn? What the fuck? Pardon me, but this was only an exercise drill for the police and they scared the hell out of the students in the process.
If I were a parent, I would be filing a lawsuit against the school administrators, the school, the school district and the law enforcement agencies who thought this was a great idea.
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Here's a novel idea, if you don't want your internet connection tHrottled, STOP SHARING MOVIES, MUSIC. SOFTWARE, ANIME AND TELEVISION SHOWS.
ISPs throttled a user's internet connection when they are downloading pirated content that they have not paid for. VPNs always get targeted because 99% of people who are using VPNs are doing so to watch streaming content that is not licensed for their region or they are sharing copyrighted content.