Google has been accused of failing to act in good faith when it was asked to negotiate fair use of news feeds in Search and Google News. As a result, the French competition watchdog has fined the company $591 million and will continue to fine it for failing to negotiate deals with individual publishers within two months of receiving such requests.
This week, Google was fined 500 million euros ($591 million) in France for violating an order to negotiate a fair share of revenue with news publishers who use their content. He did not. Google news platform. This is a huge blow to the search giant, and it is the second largest attack by French officials on any company.
In 2020, France's competition watchdog used EU copyright guidelines - also referred to as "link tax" - to force publishers to pay publishers for parts or preview articles on services like search and Google News. The controversial ruling means Google has two options: deal with publishers or delete snippets entirely.
Google wanted to opt for the second solution and add a gradual cutoff for publishers that would give the company that right. But this did not like the French authorities. The search giant has also introduced a billion-dollar initiative called the Google News Showcase to support high-quality journalism in Europe on its own terms, while maintaining its position. Publishers make great use of Google services that direct visitors to their websites.
Earlier this year, Google reached an agreement with a group of French newspapers, but the individual prices are still unpleasant, which must be classified separately. Negotiate with each Bloomberg publisher. He noted that regulators did not like some of the payment offers, calling them "unimportant". Isabelle de Silva, head of France's competition watchdog, said in a statement that the fine "takes time" to consider the exceptional seriousness of the violations noted. He also explained that Google charges lower for news items such as weather information or a dictionary list. p>
From now on, Google must return within two months to negotiate with publishers upon receipt of such requests, otherwise the company will be fined up to 900 thousand euros ($ 1.06 million) per day, but the search giant is disappointed Hope of the decision and believes that "at all stages. He acted in good faith" and added that the fine ignored their efforts to reach an agreement "and that the truth is how news works on our operating systems."
Last year, Google faced Similar snags are in Australia, where it at one point threatened to pull its search engine out of the country in protest of a similar law requiring search engines to pay link fees. Since then, the company has traded extensively with publishers in Australia, the UK and Canada to pay for news items and even integrate them into the Google News Gallery.
French watchdog fines Google $591 million for failing to negotiate fair deals with local news publishers