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Google presents plan to appease French antitrust body over news content | Investment News

PARIS (Reuters) – Google has submitted proposals to France’s antitrust watchdog on how it would deal with news agencies and publishers in a dispute over payment for news content, Google and the media said on Wednesday. oversight body.

The French competition authority said in a statement that it would submit these proposals for public consultation and that affected parties must respond by January 31, 2022.

News organizations, which lose ad revenue to online aggregators such as Google and Facebook, have complained for years about tech companies using stories in search results or other features without paying Copyright.

As part of its proposals, Google pledges to negotiate “in good faith” with news agencies and publishers the amount it would pay for the use of their copyrighted content.

He also undertakes to make a payment offer within three months of the start of the negotiation.

If an agreement cannot be reached, it would be possible to go to an arbitral tribunal which would decide on the amount to be paid.

Google said on its Google France blog that its proposals underscore its desire to open a new chapter in copyright litigation.

In November, Google began paying Agence France-Presse for its news content under a deal that follows France’s enactment of a copyright law that creates ” neighboring rights,” forcing big tech companies to open talks with news publishers who want a license payment.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Benoit Van Overstraeten, Elaine Hardcastle)

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