Google: New Copyright News Payment Deal

Google has recently signed a copyright news payment deal with a group of French publishers. This deal has paved the way for Google to make digital copyright payments for online news content.

Key Points

  • The Alliance de la Presse d’Information Generale and Google France have signed a deal under which they have agreed to set up a framework through which Google will negotiate individual licensing deals with online news publishers.
  • Before this, Google has also negotiated a few individual payments deals with some French news publishers like weekly magazine l’Obs and national daily paper Le Monde.
  • Google was made to negotiate with news agencies and publishers for reusing their content online under a neighboring rights’ law.
  • This law came into effect after France adopted new European Union copyright rules, becoming the first country to do so.
  • Google had initially did not agree for paying for news, saying that the publishers benefited from the millions of readers it sends to their websites.
  • But an appeals court ordered Google to open talks with publishers.
  • Under the framework agreement, payments will be done on criteria like monthly internet traffic and the content published daily.

News publishers had pushed for the European Union copyright reform as they think that quality journalism is declining as ad revenue is taken by the digital giants.

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