15 July 2021

Google hit with record $593 million fine in France in news copyright battle.

Google was fined 500 million euros ($593 million) Tuesday (13) by French competition regulators for failing to comply with an order to negotiate fair deals with news publishers for the use of their content.

France’s Competition Authority said Google had breached an April 2020 ruling that ordered the company to negotiate “in good faith” licensing deals with publishers and news agencies for any reuse of copyrighted content.

In January, Google agreed to a major digital copyright deal with French publishers. As part of that deal, the company said it would negotiate individual licenses with members of France’s press alliance covering related rights and access to a new service called News Showcase.

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