Google Makes Agreements With French Publishers About Copyright

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Google will pay in France for the use of messages from news editors and publishers. At the French competition watchdog’s insistence, it has reached an agreement on this with one of the largest French publishers.


This deals with the publisher Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale, which covers almost 300 titles. Financial details have not been disclosed, and separate licensing of titles from this publisher is still under discussion.

European publishers have resisted Google and Facebook’s power in recent years, calling on regulators to look into it. The platforms have taken away billions of advertising revenue, they say. Earlier, the European Union tightened up copyright law. This allows publishers to request a fee from online platforms for displaying their messages.

Last year, Google already stopped showing news items from European publishers in search results of French users. In October last year, the tech company set aside $ 1 billion to pay a selection of media parties for three years to show selected messages in the news app.

In November 2020, Google reached copyright agreements with six French newspapers and magazines, including daily newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro. Previously, Google did not want to pay because it felt that the newspapers and magazines’ websites were taking advantage of the traffic coming through the search engine.

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