A binding agreement … Google pays for the content of French newspapers

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Google has signed a framework agreement with the most prominent French press association, whereby the giant group will pay French newspapers money for the use of their contents, in accordance with European law on what has been termed “related rights”, after complicated negotiations that lasted for months.
The American Group and the Union of General News Press, “APEG”, the most prominent professional coalition of French newspapers, announced, in a joint statement published yesterday, “an agreement dealing with the payment of money in exchange for related rights under French law.”
According to the statement, according to the “French” that the agreement comes “the fruit of many months of negotiations within the framework specified by the Competition Authority,” which “defines the framework in which” Google “will negotiate individual agreements for licenses with members of the” press association “in exchange for publications classified under the category Political and General News.
These licensing agreements will cover “related rights and will also allow newspapers access to the News Show program,” which Google recently licensed and under which it will pay the media in exchange for a variety of private content.
However, it is not known until now how much revenue will this agreement provide to the French press, given the secrecy of the financial conditions related to it.
The statement indicated that the value of the money that will be paid to publishers will be calculated individually “based on criteria including, for example, the degree of contribution to political and general news, the daily volume of publications and also the audience that receives via the Internet per month.”
Pierre Louet, president of the Abige Union, CEO of the French “Les Zico” group, which publishes the French newspaper, “Le Parisien”, said that this agreement “constitutes a de facto recognition of the neighboring rights of the press publishers and the start of their receiving money from digital platforms to use their electronic publications.”





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