Alphabet said on Wednesday that it aims to resume its Google News service in Spain early next year after the government passed new legislation allowing media firms to directly deal with the internet giant.
After the government established a rule requiring Alphabet and other news aggregators to pay a collective license fee to republish headlines or bits of news, the site was shut down in 2014.
On a company blog, Google Spain Country Manager Fuencisla Clemares said, "Starting early next year, Google News will provide connections to helpful and relevant news pieces."
"We will be working with publishers in the coming months to negotiate agreements that cover their rights under the new law," he added.
On Tuesday, the Spanish government adopted a European Union copyright rule allowing third-party online news outlets to directly negotiate with content suppliers.
The EU legislation, which all member states must pass, requires platforms like Google, Facebook, and others to split the revenue with publishers, but it also eliminates the collective charge and allows them to strike individual or group arrangements with publishers.
Traditional media, which supported the old arrangement, were pitted against a new breed of online publications, who expected more cash from direct agreements with Alphabet and other platforms than from their share of the collective charge in the Google News argument.
The new regulation pleased Arsenio Escolar, leader of the CLABE publishers association, which represents about 1,000 mostly online news sources, including big digital brands like El Espanol and Eldiario.es.
The AMI media group, which represents mostly traditional media's old guard and was in favor of keeping the old system, declined to comment on the government's decision.