The French antitrust authority today imposed a € 500m fine on Google for failing to comply with a regulator’s directive on how it should negotiate with news publishers on copyright issues.
The fine was imposed amid growing international pressure on online platforms like Google and Facebook to share more with news outlets.
Google now has to come up with proposals over the next two months on how it could compensate news agencies and other publishers for the use of their news. If this is not done, the company will face additional fines of up to € 900,000 per day.
Google admitted that they are very disappointed with this decision of the regulator, but they will follow it.
A Google spokesperson added: “We have acted in good faith throughout the entire process. The penalty ignores our efforts to reach agreement and the reality of how news works on our platforms. ”
News publishers APIG, SEPM and AFP accuse the technology company of not conducting good faith negotiations with them to find a common basis for rewarding online news content, in line with the recent European Union directive that creates so-called “related rights” …
Google previously agreed to pay € 65 million over three years to a group of 121 French news publishers to end copyright disputes.