Google has been fined 500 million euros by the antitrust authority in France over its breaching of an order that was issued due to its present copyright conflict with France’s newest publishers.
Google spokesperson has expressed how disappointed Google is with this latest development; and explained that the authority failed to see by issuing the fine, how Google had in fact tried to reach an agreement.
Recently, France has been battling with how constantly fewer people have been subscribing to their news outlet and thus demanded that Google gave them a percentage of the income got from the ads that tag along with news search results.
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A European Union directive protects the right of publishers by making sure they are compensated when their works are shown on search engines or social media platforms; so far, Google has allegedly not protected this interest.
The tech company has been accused by media groups of failing to negotiate with them so they would reach an agreement – a favourable one – over making compensations for their news contents.
Google is authorized to come up with how to reach an agreement with these publishers, especially on their compensation because its inability to do that would warrant an additional fine of 700 thousand euro per week.
Google reported that it had already reached some agreements on copyright reimbursements with some French newspaper and magazines publishers.
The antitrust agency chief Isabella De Silva explained to reporters that it was one of the biggest fines ever imposed on a company by the agency, yet the unanimous decision was meant to convey the intensity of how Google had breached a rule passed in 2020.
Google is purposefully under this much pressure because concerns reaching regulators all over the globe are that media outlets have been finding it bothersome to make those in power accountable by funding them satisfactorily while making use of their copyrights.