Google, French Publishers Sign Copyright Payment Deal for Online News Content

Andrew Cummings
January 22, 2021

Engadget has listed that the framework of the agreement has been given to Google and the group of the French publishers known to as Alliance de la presse d'information Générale or the APIG. Both groups have now agreed on a process for paying news publishers on varied criteria including "daily volume of publications or the monthly Internet audience".

A Paris appeals court ruled in October that Google had to continue to negotiate with French news publishers over a new European law on neighbouring rights.


As part of the deal, French newspapers will gain access to Google's News Showcase. The settlement is especially vital as a result of it provides a mannequin for different European global locations that wish to pressure Google to fork over money to their very own information websites. Subscription sites may also grant readers certain articles for free. However, the company will negotiate payments with individual publishers.

APIG head Pierre Louette, who is also chief executive of the business newspaper Les Echos, said the deal amounts to the effective recognition of neighbouring rights for the press. It opens up new perspectives for our partners, and we are happy to contribute to their development in the digital age and support journalism.


Another note is that most press publishers "allowed" Google to their licenses of utilizing their online content without being paid.

Following the agreement with Google, French publishers were relieved to face revenue losses due to a reduction in the circulation of printed newspapers in France. However, Google, the world's largest search engine, avoided it from the beginning.


The company has now set deals and agreements among six newspaper websites and magazine websites, in which it includes the national dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro by November of previous year. However, Google is still negotiating with press agencies like Agence France Press (AFP) and magazine publishers. The financial agreements are confidential, so it's not yet clear how much publishers stand to gain.

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