France orders Google to pay for news reuse
Published : Friday, 10 April, 2020 at 4:58 PM Count : 308
The Competition Authority in France has ordered Google to pay for the reuse of snippets of their content - as its newsgroup may appear on the service or be published via Google Search.
The country was the first of the European Union member states to shift its reporting rights to national law, following the pan-EU copyright reform last year.
Among various controversial measures the reform included a provision to extend copyright to cover content such as the ledes of news stories which aggregators such as Google News scrape and display. The copyright reform as a whole was voted through the EU parliament in March 2019, while France’s national law for extended press publishers rights came into force in October 2019.
As expected by lawyers, several key individuals, including Germany and Spain, had passed similar laws before the EU to use news snippets.
In Spain, for example, which forced publishers to pay, Google instead chose to completely pull the plug on its Google News service. However, publishers who advocated for the Pan-EU reforms hoped that the greater push could turn the technology giant.
However, Google has been vocal about paying for such content.
In a September 2012 blog post, the technical giant was engraved, writing without obvious irony - that: “We sell ads, not search results, and every ad on Google is clearly identified. That's why when people click on their links in search results we mean publishers.”
Since then, Google News has also changed how content is displayed in France, as Euroact reported last year - simply switching the title and URL shown, editing text snippets displayed in most other markets.
But France's competition authorities backtracked - accepting that withdrawing Google's one-sided snippets to refuse payment could possibly be a result of abusing the dominant market position, which it "severely and immediately damaged the press sector."
With over 90% market share, companies have a dominant position in Europe's search market.-Internet