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Google Agrees To Pay French News Sites To Send Them Traffic

vendredi 22 janvier 2021, 02:30 , par Slashdot
Timothy B. Lee reports via Ars Technica: French news sites have prevailed in negotiations with Google over 'neighboring rights,' a new legal right granted by the 2019 EU Copyright Directive. An agreement between Google and the French news industry 'establishes a framework within which Google will negotiate individual licensing agreements' with individual news organizations, according to Google. Under these deals, French news articles will be featured in a new Google product called News Showcase.

'The remuneration that is included in these licensing agreements is based on criteria such as the publisher's contribution to political and general information, the daily volume of publications, and its monthly internet traffic,' according to the announcement. The agreement is particularly significant because it offers a model for other European countries that want to force Google to fork over cash to their own news sites. In the past, Google's hardball tactics deterred most European countries from trying to force Google to pay up. But with the passage of the EU copyright directive, European countries formed a united front against Google, making it much harder for Google to resist. Google's capitulation in France will weaken its bargaining position as other European countries pass their own versions of the French law and news organizations in other countries line up for their share of Google cash.

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