(21 Jan 2021) Google has signed a deal with a group of French publishers paving the way for the internet giant to make digital copyright payments for online news content.
After months of talks, Google France and the Alliance de la Presse d’Information Generale said Thursday that they agreed to set up a framework under which the U.S. company will negotiate individual licensing deals with publishers.
Google has already negotiated a few individual payment deals with some French news publishers such as national daily paper Le Monde and weekly magazine l’Obs.
The company was forced to negotiate with publishers and news agencies for reusing their material online under a “neighboring rights” law that took effect after France became the first country to adopt new European Union copyright rules.
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