Google fined 500 million euros for failing to pay French publishers after using their content on the Web • The Register

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Google was fined € 500m ($ 590m, £ 425m) by the French Competition Authority on Tuesday for failing to negotiate fees with news publishers for the use of their content.

In April last year, the regulator ruled that the American search giant should compensate French publishers for using excerpts from their articles in Google News, citing European antitrust rules and the law on the right to ‘author. Google has had three months to figure out how much to pay publishers. More than a year later, no licensing agreement has been reached and Google has not “entered into good faith negotiations”, we are told.

“When the Authority imposes injunctions on companies, they are required to apply them scrupulously, respecting their letter and their spirit,” said Isabelle de Silva, the president of the FCA in a statement. “In this case, unfortunately, that was not the case.

“First of all, Google’s negotiations with publishers and news agencies cannot be considered to have been conducted in good faith … In doing so, Google has refused, as it has been repeatedly requested, to ” have a specific discussion on the remuneration due. for current uses of content protected by neighboring rights.

Now, the FCA has sanctioned the Chocolate Factory by 500 million euros and gave it two months to negotiate with the French publishers. If the web giant continues to procrastinate after this point, it will be fined up to € 900,000 (over $ 1million or around £ 767,000) per day until it complies. to FCA requirements. Google is expected to start talks with some of the biggest French news publications.

“The sanction of € 500 million takes into account the exceptional seriousness of the breaches observed and that Google’s behavior has led to further delay the proper application of the law on neighboring rights, which aimed to better take into account the value of contents of the editors. and news agencies included on the platforms, “warned de Silva

“The Authority will be extremely vigilant as to the proper application of its decision, as non-execution can henceforth result in periodic penalty payments.

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