Googlesigned an agreement with a French publishing association to pay royalties for its content. The deal was reached after months of negotiations under copyright regulation in the European Union in 2019.
The tech giant had previously started not showing content from French publishers requesting payment to avoid paying.
The association L’Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale (APIG), which represents some 300 political and general media in France, announced the agreement on social media.
Pierre Louette, President of L’Alliance, said in a statement: “After months of negotiations, this agreement is an important milestone that marks the effective recognition of neighboring press rights. “The start of fees for publishers and the use of their publications online,” he said.
Google also published a blog post describing the deal and saying “a big step forward” after months of conversations with French publishers.
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