(Daily Dot) The Spanish government is one step closer to passing a law that will force Google News and other content aggregators to pay for links.

Under the new Copyright Act passed by Congress, websites linking to articles by the industry’s biggest news organizations will have to pay a fee to the original source, or face fines of up to $400,000.

After Germany passed a law giving newspapers the right to charge Google for royalties, the search giant simply removed the links. When newspapers realized they couldn’t live without the traffic, the search engine told them to sign a waiver, exempting them from the tax. As Medium reports, the papers all came crawling back.

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