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Spanish publishers sue Google for the non-payment of 1.1 million euros of the fee it must pay for its Discover service

The Spanish Center for Reprographic Rights (CEDRO), the rights management entity that groups together newspaper and magazine publishers, has made public that yesterday filed a lawsuit against Google "for non-payment of at least 1.1 million euros for copyright ".

This claim derives from the content aggregation activity carried out by the search engine's company through its Google Discover service, although this amount is a mere estimate,

"Since to know the actual amount owed by this aggregator, it is necessary for this company to provide the actual data on the use of content, which could lead to claiming more than 14 million euros.

What was the AEDE fee and why should Google pay it?

Article 32.2 of the Intellectual Property Law In which CEDRO relies on to support its claim, it established the "inalienable right" of publishers to charge online content aggregators for indexing them.

This law established that it would be a rights management entity that would carry out the collectionor, to later distribute the proceeds among the authors. That responsibility was later decided to rest with CEDRO itself.

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Google played an important role in the implementation of the AEDE canon: publishers claimed at the time that Google News provided substantial income to the search engine company of which, they understood, they too should benefit, since the contents were generated by their means.

However, once the law was approved, the expectations of collection (and visits) of the publishers dissipated: Google decided that it would be more profitable to stop offering Google News in Spain and since then, we are the only European country lacking this service.

From that moment on, CEDRO could not demand that Google pay the fee ... no, at least, until a few years later he launched his Discover service for mobiles.

El Español published last June that, in all this time, only Upday, owned by Samsung, had paid the AEDE fees claimed by CEDRO (its latest statement also includes other similar platforms from Squid and Huawei). However, the rest of the aggregators (Google among them) had refused to do so until that moment..

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