Google signs a content payment agreement with French news publishers

Google and a lobby of French publishers said Thursday that they have agreed on a copyright framework for the US tech giant to pay news publishers for online content, primarily for Europe.

The move paves the way for individual licensing agreements for French publications, some of which have experienced a decline in revenues with the advent of the Internet and a decline in print circulation. The deal, which Google describes as a sustainable way to pay publishers, will likely be followed closely by other platforms such as Facebook, said a lawyer involved in the talks.

Facebook he was not immediately reachable for comment. Google, owned by Alphabet, and the Alliance de la presse d ‘information générale (APIG) said in a statement that the framework includes criteria such as daily publication volume, monthly Internet traffic and “contribution to political information. and general “.

Google has so far signed licensing agreements with only a few publications in France, including the national newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro. These take into account the framework agreed with APIG, a Google spokesperson said. GOOGLE NEWS SHOWCASE

Google’s vehicle for paid news publishers, called the Google News Showcase, is so far only available in Brazil and Germany. On Thursday, Reuters confirmed that it has signed an agreement with Google to be the first global news provider to the Google News Showcase. Reuters is owned by news and information provider Thomson Reuters Corp.

“Reuters is committed to developing new ways to provide access to reliable, high-quality and reliable global news coverage at a time when it has never been more important,” Eric Danetz, Global Head of Revenue, said in a statement. Reuters. Google and APIG did not say how much money would be distributed to APIG members, which includes most of the national and local French publishers. Details of how the remuneration would be calculated were not disclosed.

The deal follows months of negotiations between Google, French publishers, and news agencies on how to enforce the new EU copyright rules, which allow publishers to charge a fee. from online platforms that show excerpts of their news. Google, the largest search engine in the world, initially fought against paying publishers for content, saying their websites benefited from it. from increased traffic led.

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News Highlights:

  • Google and a lobby of French publishers said Thursday that they have agreed on a copyright framework for the US tech giant to pay news publishers for online content, primarily for Europe. The move paves the way for individual licensing agreements for French publications, some of which have experienced a decline in revenues with the advent of the Internet and a decline in print circulation.
  • Google signs a content payment agreement with French news publishers