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France Fines Google €500 Million Over Publication Rights

By Computing (U.K.)

July 14, 2021

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France's competition authority has fined Google €500 million (U.S.$592 million) for failing to negotiate paid deals with news publishers over the use of their copyrighted content.

In its ruling, Autorité de la Concurrence claimed Google had failed to comply with its April 2020 order, in which the search giant was told to negotiate with news organizations for the right to display snippets of their content in search results, news, and other services.

France was the first country in the European Union to implement the bloc's Digital Copyright Directive in 2019. The Directive governs 'neighboring rights', designed to compensate publishers and news agencies for the use of their material.

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