Google will stop providing its News service in Spain to avoid laws in the country that require the company to pay for content.
The rules have made a big impact on the non-money making News service in Spain, Google said, adding that it could not sustain a system whereby local publications charge for reproducing even a "snippet" of an article.
Google explained in a blog post that it launched News to deliver the best and most current service to citizens, adding that it is free to use, carries no advertising and is popular with news publications.
"Publishers can choose whether or not they want their articles to appear in Google News, and the vast majority choose to be included for very good reason," said Richard Gingras, head of Google News.
"Google News creates real value for these publications by driving people to their websites, which in turn helps generate advertising revenues."
Gingras said that Google News in Spain will shut down on 16 December. He expressed some sadness at the decision, and suggested that it is publishers that will ultimately suffer.
"For centuries publishers were limited in how widely they could distribute the printed page," he added.
"The internet changed all that, creating tremendous opportunities but also real challenges for publishers as competition for readers' attentions and for advertising euros increased.
"We're committed to helping the news industry meet that challenge and look forward to continuing to work with our thousands of partners globally, as well as in Spain, to help them increase their online readership and revenues."
Google was fined €900,000 by Spanish authorities in 2013 for data privacy violations as European nations continue to take a hardline against the firm.
The European Commission (EC) is currently still deciding what action to take over anti-trust concerns with the company's search dominance, with some MEPs even suggesting it should be broken up, although this seems unlikely.
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