Google fined £427m by French competition authority

They fined Google because in their view Google had failed to do this.

Google fined £427m by French competition authority

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Google has been issued with a £427m fine by a French competition authority for failing to negotiate “in good faith” with news organizations over the use of their content.

The French competition authority accused Google of not taking the order to do so seriously. Google stated that the decision to fine them “ignores our efforts to reach an agreement.”

This fine is the latest in a long line of legal skirmishes in a global copyright battle between tech firms and news organizations.

Last year, the French competition authority ordered Google to negotiate deals with news organization to show extracts of articles in search results, news and other services.

They fined Google because in their view Google had failed to do this.

In 2019, France was the first EU country to transpose a new Digital Copyright Directive into law. The law governed “neighbouring rights”, which are designed to compensate publishers and news agencies for the use of their material.

As a result of this law, Google decided that it would no longer show content from EU publishers in France, unless they agreed to let them do so for free.

If Google does not manage to think of proposals for compensating companies for using their news in the next two months, they could face additional fines of up to €900,000 per day.

Sources: BBC, The Guardian

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