France’s antitrust watchdog will make a decision in the coming days on how Google has conducted copyright discussions with some French publishers over payment for news content, the dog’s leader said on Thursday. on duty, Isabelle de Silva.
Antitrust investigators accused Alphabet’s Google of failing to comply with state competition authority orders on how to conduct copyright negotiations with news publishers, sources said who read the investigators’ report.
Several publishers complained that the talks were not conducted in “good faith” and that Google had not provided access to some of its traffic data to determine compensation for online news content.
Google has repeatedly said it has had good faith talks.
As part of a three-year framework agreement signed by Google and the Alliance of the General Information Press (APIG), a pressure group representing most of the major French publishers, Google agreed in January to pay a total of $ 76 million to 121 publications, according to documents seen by Reuters.
It is one of the most publicized offers in Google’s “News Showcase” program to compensate for news snippets used in search results, and the first of its kind in Europe.
However, no individual licensing agreement has been signed by Google with an APIG member since then and talks are de facto frozen pending the antitrust ruling, sources told Reuters.