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Google’s US$76 million deal with French publishers leaves many outlets infuriated

Key Points:

  • Google has agreed to pay $76 million over three years.
  • Google News Showcase would allow French publishers to curate content
  • 121 French news publishers will get the remuneration

Alphabet’s Google has agreed to pay $76 million (roughly Rs. 552 crores) over three years to a group of 121 French news publishers. In order to end a more than year-long copyright spat, documents seen by Reuters show.

This move made angry to many other French outlets as they think it is unfair and opaque.

Publishers in other countries will study the French agreement. It is the highest-profile in the world under Google’s new program to provide compensation for news snippets used in search results.

The agreement between Google and the Alliance de la Presse information general (APIG), a lobby group representing most major French publishers. But no information has been disclosed publicly.

Other French News Providers that are not part of this agreement, are moving forward to take action against Google.

The French documents were seen by Reuters include an agreement. According to which Google will pay $22 million (roughly Rs. 160 crores) annually for three years to a group of 121 national and local French news publications.

It has signed an individual licensing agreement with each.

In the second document of the settlement agreement  Google agrees to pay $10 million (roughly Rs. 72 crores) to the same group in exchange for the publishers’ commitment not to sue over copyright claims for three years.

An upcoming new product called Google News Showcase is going to launch that would allow publishers to curate content and provide limited access to paywalled stories.

But, Google declined to make any statement about the deal.

In Australia, lawmakers are making rules. According to it, Google and Facebook will have to pay publishers and broadcasters for content. Google has threatened to shut down its search engine in Australia if the country adopts an approach.

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