By Daniel Hunter

Google has announced it will close Google News in Spain before new intellectual property laws come into effect in January.

The search giant will close the service on 16 December before the law, which allows Spanish publications to charge for content featured on services like Google News, comes in.

"It's with real sadness that on 16 December we'll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain," said Richard Gingras, head of Google News, in a blog post on Wednesday.

Despite its decision to close the service, Google has argued against the ruling, claiming it doesn't make any money from its search-based service.

Mr Gingras added that the charge "for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications" was not sustainable.

Choice

He also explained that publications can choose whether or not they want to be on Google News.

"The vast majority choose to be included for very good reason. Google News creates real value for these publications by driving people to their websites, which in turn helps generate advertising revenues," he said.

This is not the first time Google has been in conflict with publishers and newspapers. Publishers have often argued that Google News infringes on copyright.

But in 2013, Google started asking German newspapers for permission to post articles on Google News after the country changed its copyright laws.

Germany's biggest news publisher Axel Springer had banned Google News from featuring its articles, but it scrapped the ban in November after website traffic fell dramatically.

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