Neighboring rights: nearly 140 publications have signed an agreement with Google – Image

Some 140 publications have so far signed compensation contracts with Google under copyright “neighboring rights” under framework agreements concluded in recent months with two structures representing daily newspapers and magazines, the company said. to AFP on Monday. Rights related to copyright were established for digital platforms in 2019 by a European directive. They allow newspapers, magazines or press agencies to be paid when their content is reused on the internet by giants like Google, whose search engine displays press extracts in its results pages. As such, Google signed a framework agreement in March with the Alliance for General Information Press, which brings together nearly 300 national, regional and local daily press titles, then in April with the Syndicate of Publishers of the magazine press (SEPM, which represents 80 publishers for more than 400 titles). Under these framework agreements, “about 140 publications” have so far signed the compensation offers made by Google, the search engine told AFP. This represents more than half of the titles of these two structures eligible for neighboring rights because they have a website. “The framework agreement defines the parameters and then, we concretely sign the contracts publication by publication”, recalled Google France, relying on the fact that other signatures would take place in “the coming weeks”. The Alliance and the SEPM “represent roughly two-thirds of the audience and press cards in France”, it was added. In addition to these two framework agreements, Google signed an agreement with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in November 2021, as well as other individual agreements with newspapers, such as Le Monde, which represent approximately “ten” titles . All amounts are confidential. Google said it was negotiating with two other representative structures, the FNPS (National Federation of Specialized Information Press) and the FFAP (French Federation of News Agencies). Google also hopes to sign with other individual players, including broadcast media news sites. The implementation of these rights stems from a tough battle, as the principle was opposed by the giants of the net, including Google in particular. In July 2021, the Competition Authority had fined Google 500 million euros for not having negotiated “in good faith” with press publishers. The rest of the procedure still in progress before the Competition Authority could soon be resolved if the latter validates a list of commitments made by Google vis-à-vis the press.

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