France forces Google to pay news agencies for content


PARIS (Reuters) – The French competition authority decided on Thursday that Google should pay French publishers and news agencies for the reuse of their content.

The US tech firm has said it will comply with the verdict of the French competition authority, which followed a complaint from unions representing French press publishers.

“Google’s practices have caused serious and immediate damage to the press sector, while the economic situation of publishers and news agencies is otherwise fragile,” the French Competition Authority said in a statement.

Last year, Google would stop posting news extracts from European publishers on search results for its French users, in order to comply with a new European copyright law.

“Since the entry into force of European copyright law in France last year, we have engaged with publishers to increase our support and investment in news,” said Richard Gingras, vice- president of Google news, in a statement.

Report by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Matthieu Protard; Editing by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Alexander Smith

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