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Google finally agrees to pay French media for the news

Google and French newspapers said Thursday they have signed an agreement aimed at opening the way for digital copyright payments from the internet giant after months of heated negotiations.

A joint statement said that the agreement signed with the Alliance of Abeige for French dailies includes “neighboring rights”, which calls for payment of payments for displaying news content through Internet searches.

She said the agreement sets out a framework for Google to negotiate individual licensing agreements with newspapers on payments and will give newspapers access to the new News Showcase program, which he sees as paying publishers for a selection of rich content.

Payments are calculated individually and will be based on criteria including online viewership numbers and the amount of information posted.

APIG President Pierre Louis said the deal amounts to “effective recognition of the rights related to the press and the initiation of rewarding them through digital platforms for the use of their online publications”.

Google France President Sebastian Mesouf called for proof of the deal to be a “commitment” that would open up “new horizons.”

News outlets struggling with diminishing print subscriptions have long viewed Google’s failure to award them a portion of the millions it makes from ads shown alongside news search results.

The Covid-19 crisis hurt sales the most.

An appeals court in Paris ruled in October that the US giant should continue negotiating with French news publishers about a new European law on related rights.

France was the first country in the European Union to enact the law, but Google initially refused to comply, saying media groups were already benefiting by receiving millions of visits to their websites.

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