Publishers sue Google Discover 1 million dollars copyright infringing: The Spanish Center for reprographic rights (CEDRO) has filed a lawsuit against Google for the non-payment of at least 1.1 million euros in copyright. The Society of publishers, as confirmed in a statement, has accrued the sum because the technological would have added its contents illicitly through the Discover service.

The lawsuit, filed before the Commercial Courts of Madrid on November 10, claims the payment of intellectual property rights derived from adding news fragments from different digital editions of newspapers and other publications. Thus, these rights are being paid for competing aggregation services such as Upday or those developed by companies such as Squid and Huawei, but without remuneration for publishers.

In this way, according to the organization —which has more than 28,000 members including writers, translators, journalists and publishers in Spain—, the amount required would arise from an estimate of Google's debt. To know the real amount, Discover should provide the effective data of the use of these contents, which according to the collective could increase demand up to more than 14 million euros.

Before going to court, CEDRO, on behalf of those affected —mainly newspaper and magazine publishers— had already repeatedly demanded from Google the payment of copyright for the aggregation of Google Discover since its launch at the end of 2016. The indictment, first in Spain, follows in the wake of other similar proceedings initiated by rights holders in countries such as France, Australia and the United States.

In the legal field, article 32.2 of the Intellectual Property Law clarifies a limit on copyright in favor of companies that aggregate content. The provision, which shields CEDRO, states that companies do not need authorization from the right holders to carry out this activity, but that they must pay them compensation that will be made effective through the corresponding management entity (again, CEDRO).

Publishers sue Google Discover 1 million dollars copyright

For the collective, the legal certainty that this regulation provides to companies that develop their business through the aggregation of content "provides, in turn, transparency and balance in the system and fair compensation for rights holders".

Since Discover was launched in 2016, CEDRO has been claiming the Mountain View giant the payment of copyright to those affected, a compensation that has not been answered by the technology company, which sustains virtually all of its business in the networks in the sale of advertising spaces associated with third-party content.

For its part, a Google spokeswoman has pointed out to Business Insider Spain that they have no comments to make about this lawsuit because they have not been notified or have more information about it.

However, the company has reiterated that Discover is not a content aggregator and, therefore, article 32.2 of the Intellectual Property Law cannot be accepted and could not be applied.

Google has pointed out on previous occasions that this platform is a search service for any type of content that may interest a user of an entire website in general, not only in terms of news.

Publishers sue Google Discover 1 million dollars copyright


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Spanish pharmaceutical company Reig Jofre could produce 50 million covid-19 vaccines a year at its new plant in Barcelona

The Spanish pharmaceutical company Reig Jofre will be able to produce 50 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine a year in its new factory without canceling any existing contract, as it has assured in the statement in which it reported its results for the last quarter and collected by Reuters.

The company has a plant under construction in Barcelona and expects it to start operating in the second quarter of 2021.

"The new injectable vial manufacturing plant has the capacity, respecting other contracts and expansion plans, to manufacture up to 50 million vials per year. This capacity could ensure the manufacture and supply of the vaccine to countries that require it from the second quarter of 2021", underlines the company.

The company, which manufactures and packages antibiotics, injectables and other healthcare products, also reported that nine-month net profit grew to 5.3 million euros, with sales of 170 million euros.

Right now, Spain has reserved 20 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech —which could be the first company to obtain approval for its commercialization— and 30 million doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca with the University of Oxford.

It is also expected to get more doses from other companies with which the European Commission is negotiating thanks to the agreements of Advance Purchase of vaccines against COVID-19 that the EU is closing with the aim of speeding up the development, manufacture and deployment of effective and safe vaccines.

Salvador Illa, Minister of Health, said recently that he was confident that by May there will be a" relevant percentage " of the Spanish population vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Although many international pharmaceutical are counting on Spain to complete their final stages of production of vaccines, our country does not have a plant to make the entire process of manufacturing vaccines for human use because there are no labs that produce the antigens.

Reig Jofre's manufacturing capacity will therefore be very welcome in a crisis that has exposed Spain's shortcomings and its international dependence.

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