Google and France agree to pay for the reports

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Google on Tuesday ended a dispute over compensation for the use of news stories. The company has made commitments to the Competition Authority.

Google was fined 500 million euros last year for failing to reach a fair deal with French media over the publication of their stories.

The tech giant claims to have recently reached agreements with more than 150 French titles on the remuneration of their messages. These include the press agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), newspapers The world and Le Figaro and the news site huffingtonpost.fr.

Google also reports that an independent party is checking whether the technology group and media companies are making enough progress in negotiating their message placements. If talks stall, publishers can arbitrate at Google’s expense.

According to Benoît Cœuré, head of the regulator Autorité de la concurrence, Google has set up a framework for fair negotiations with the news media with promises “for the first time in Europe”.

Since 2019, new European legislation has given news media publishers the possibility to request money from the main online platforms that publish their news articles or parts of them. Newspaper publishers, for example, have already complained about missing advertising revenue because platforms like Google publish their news.

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