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    Google must negotiate to pay for French news, appeals court confirms


    Google’s attraction in opposition to an get by France’s opposition watchdog to negotiate with publishers for reuse of snippets of their written content has failed.

    As we documented in April, the French authority was acting on a new ‘neighbouring right’ for news which was transposed into national legislation pursuing a pan-EU copyright reform agreed past 12 months.

    The Paris court docket slap-down leaves little authorized wiggle space for the tech huge when it comes to shelling out for reusing French publishers’ content material.

    France’s competition authority by now ruled it cannot unilaterally withdraw the snippets proven in its Google News aggregator (and elsewhere on its lookup services) — as it did when the countrywide regulation came into drive, trying to get to evade payment.

    Reached for remark on the attraction court choice, a Google spokesperson sent us this statement: “As we declared yesterday, our priority continues to be to access an settlement with the French publishers and press agencies. We appealed to get authorized clarity on some elements of the get, and we will now overview the final decision of the Paris Court docket of Attraction.”

    The enterprise also advised us it had appealed the interim steps ruling because it had issues about factors of the get that it located contradictory and baffling, incorporating that it continues to have sizeable worries with respect to how publisher legal rights are currently being interpreted in the nation. Although it also reiterated that the legal system is independent to its ongoing negotiations with French publishers which it stated it carries on to target on.

    A report by Reuters yesterday prompt Google is poised to strike a offer with French publishers.

    Previously this month the tech huge announced a $1BN licensing costs fund, which it has named the Google Information Showcase, that it explained would be paid to news publishers “to generate and curate substantial-high-quality content” for new tale panels to look on Google News. It included that it would get started building payments in Germany and Brazil, expanding to other markets.

    Nevertheless that (Google PR) initiative is separate to the payment conditions it will have to negotiate with French publishers as a final result of a lawful necessity for reuse of guarded articles.

    The screw is also tightening on Google’s freebie reuse of news in Australia which is closing in on its very own legally binding payment framework — triggering a warning from the tech large that regional access to its ‘free’ providers may perhaps be at possibility.



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