French Appeal Court Orders That Google Will Have To Negotiate A Fee With Publishers For Reusing News Content

More rights are expected to come the French publishers’ way as The Paris Court of Appeal has decided to side with France’s competition authority to make Google negotiate for a specific fee that will be paid to the news publishers in the country for using their content.

The issue started back in April this year when the French watchdog began working on a recent “neighboring right” for news, which fortunately for the publishers and news agencies across France, turned into a national law as it followed pan-EU copyright reform that was already in place since last year.

Now, as a result, there is very little room for the giant US-based search engine to get away with creating snippets from different news articles and reusing them for Google News aggregator.

When Google was asked about their appeal being turned down, a spokesperson from the company said that the executives are still prioritizing a fair agreement with French publishers and press agencies. Furthermore, the appeal was also done to obtain legal clarity on the order which was previously issued, along with being well aware of how the rights of publishers are being interpreted in the country. Google will now review the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal.

Google has also announced a $1 Billions licensing fee fund in the name of “Google News Showcase” at the start of this month stating that the amount will be paid to news publishers just for creating high-quality content for new story panels of Google News. The company is even ready to begin with making payments in Germany and Brazil already while expanding to other markets soon.

But that PR initiative will remain separate from the amount that Google will now have to pay to the French publishers for reusing the protected content after the negotiations are done.

Besides this Google is also facing a similar trouble in Australia as well with authorities there closing down the legally binding payment framework. Hence, our favorite search engine’s free services may just be at risk.
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H/T: TC.

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