France: record fine of 500 million euros against Google – Ultima Ora


(ANSA) – PARIS, JUL 13 – The French competition authority has imposed a record fine of 500 million euros on Google, the US giant active in the field of information technology.

The French Authority regrets that the US company has not negotiated “in good faith” with the publishers of the press regarding the application of the so-called related rights.

Google will also have to “submit a remuneration offer for the current use of protected content” from publishers and news agencies, if it does not want to incur other mega-sanctions. For Google, the fine does not reflect “efforts made” to find a solution.

The replica of the US giant is immediate. “We are very disappointed with this decision – says a spokesperson – we have acted in good faith throughout the process. The fine ignores our efforts to reach an agreement and ignores the reality of how news works on our platforms. As of today, Google is the only company to have announced agreements on related rights. We are also about to finalize an agreement with AFP (Agence France-Presse) which includes a global license agreement, as well as the remuneration of related rights for their publications of a journalistic “. (HANDLE).