Google announced its five-year content partnership with the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency to make payment for its news content.
News organizations, which have lost online advertising revenue to online aggregators like Google and Facebook, have complained that tech companies are using articles in search results or other features without payment. .
New laws in France and Australia – fueled by media lobbying and public pressure – have given publishers greater leverage, leading to a host of licensing deals around the world collectively worth billions of dollars. dollars.
the deal with AFP France is following up enacting a copyright law that creates “neighboring rights”, forcing big tech companies to open talks with news publishers who want license payment.
“This agreement is a recognition of the value of information,” said Fabrice Fries, director general of Agence France-Presse, in a statement.
Google’s $ 76 million deal with a group of 121 French news publishers, not counting AFP, has been suspended, pending the outcome of an antitrust case in which the French competition regulator has accused Google for not having negotiated in good faith.
Sébastien Missoffe, managing director of Google France, said the agreement with AFP showed “the tech company’s willingness to find common ground with publishers.”
The deal does not integrate AFP into News Showcase, a feature Google launched last year to promote content from more than 1,000 publishers who have agreed to license content for a fee.
Reuters signed a News Showcase deal with Google in January, and News, the owner of the Wall Street Journal, struck a similar deal a month later.
Facebook signed a neighboring rights agreement last month with a French alliance comprising dozens of publishers such as Le Figaro.