For the first time, technology giant Google has struck a deal with French publishers over copyright. Under the agreement, Google will pay publishers digital copyright for online content. This information is known in a report of NBC News.
After months of negotiations, the Alliance de la Presse d’Infres General (APIG), an alliance of Google France and French publishers, said on Thursday that they had been able to reach a framework under which Google would enter into separate agreements with several publishers. Separate agreements have already been signed with several publications, including the French national daily Le Mand and Le Figaro.
French publishers and news agencies have long been bargaining with Google over copyright rules. Google initially talked about other ways to pay for news. According to Google, billions of readers have benefited from the new companies posting their news on Google’s website. But an appeals court last year ordered Google to sit down with publishers. In the end, the technology giant, owned by Alphabet, has to make the deal. France is the first country to adopt new EU copyright rules through the treaty.
It was not immediately clear how much money would be paid under the agreement, which was signed between Google and APIG members. Details on how the money will be calculated under the criteria were also not disclosed.
Google has to deal with copyright issues not only in France but also in Australia. Google said on Friday it would take action if the Australian government forced Google and Facebook to pay media companies to use the content. Google has even threatened to block the search engine in Australia if necessary. This information came up in a report of the news agency Reuters. According to Google, if the Australian government implements the new code, about 20 million Australian users will no longer be able to use Google search and YouTube.
Australia is going to legislate that technology companies will have to sit in financial discussions with publishers to use the content. The Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison has strongly condemned Google’s statement.