Google signs deal on copyright payments to French press

Daniel Fowler
January 22, 2021

Google has signed a deal with publishers in France to pay for content used for preview snippets in its news section, Reuters has reported. That's essentially a copyright law designed for news publishers that forces digital companies like Google and Facebook to pay or at least negotiate to display articles.

After months of talks, Google France and the Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale said Thursday that they agreed to set up a framework under which the USA company will negotiate individual licensing deals with publishers. "[This is] an important step that reaffirms our commitment to press editors and opens up new prospects for our partners", Sebastien Missoffe, Google France director-general tweeted on Thursday. These individual licensing agreements will cover publishers' neighbouring rights, and allow for participation in News Showcase, a new licensing program recently launched by Google, the company said. An settlement between Google and the French information business "establishes a framework inside which Google will negotiate particular person licensing agreements" with particular person information organizations, in accordance with Google.

The report added only a few individual agreements had been signed between Google and French publications prior to the deal.

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On the other hand, Google has argued that besides encouraging millions of people to click through to media sites, it has provided millions of dollars to support media groups in other ways, including emergency funding during the Covid-19 crisis. It will be comprised of local and national publishers from the country, and they will receive the payment from Google as long as they would comprehend and abide by the agreement rules and criteria.

News agencies and media from the magazine press union are not included in the agreement, according to French news agency AFP.

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