French court: Google must talk to publishers about paying for their content

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Google must open talks with publishers in France about paying to use their material, an appeals court confirmed on Thursday, paving the way for an industry-wide deal in the country.

The ruling might reverberate outside France, as it compels Google to sit down with publishers and news agencies to locate a way to remunerate them under the”neighbouring right” enshrined in revamped EU copyright rules, which makes it possible for publishers to require a commission from online platforms for showing news snippets.

It differs from last week’s pledge by Alphabet’s Google to pay $1 billion to publishers worldwide for their news during the next three years, since the French arrangement would involve finding a sustainable methodology to remunerate publishers and news agencies for information.

Google’s automobile to remunerate news publishers, dubbed Google News Showcase, is set to launch in Germany, where it’s signed up German newspapers such as Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeith, and in Brazil with Folha de S.Paulo, Band and Infobae.

The French court’s judgment comes hours following Google, the world’s biggest search engine, said it was set to reach a deal to cover French publishers for their information in the most recent move to placate press classes and head off regulators siding with publishers seeking a level playing field.

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“Our priority remains to reach an agreement with the French publishers and press agencies,” Google said in a statement.

“We appealed to get legal clarity on some parts of the order, and we will now review the decision of the Paris court of appeal.”

The ruling affirms a decision in April from France’s competition authority, which ordered Google to negotiate with publishers and information bureaus “the remuneration due to them for any re-use of protected content.”

Beneath precisely the same choice, the antitrust regulator ordered Google to open discussions over three weeks of being requested to do so by publishers.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘French court: Google must talk to publishers about paying for their content‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain. Additional reporting by Douglas Busvine. Editing by Jason Neely and Mark Potter.

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