Google reaches an agreement with the magazine press over neighboring rights – Companies

After two and a half years of arm wrestling, Google has reached an agreement with the French magazine press to remunerate its titles in the name of “rights neighboring copyright”, announced the web giant on Friday to AFP, confirming information from Le Figaro.

Rights related to copyright, established for digital platforms in 2019 by a European directive, allow newspapers, magazines or press agencies to be remunerated when their content is reused on the internet by giants like Google, whose search engine displays press extracts in its results pages. It is for this reason that the firm proposed a framework agreement to the syndicate of magazine press publishers (SEPM)which represents 80 publishers for more than 400 titles, including Le Point, Marianne or Capital), which validated it on Thursday, according to Le Figaro.

“The total amount of the agreement would be around 20 million euros per year”according to daily news. “We are delighted with the decision of the SEPM executive committee, which validates our offer relating to neighboring rights”Sébastien Missoffe, vice-president and general manager of Google France, told AFP.

This retroactive text “will make it possible to remunerate” the members of the SEPMadded the leader of Google France, which has already sealed agreements with Agence France Presse this fall and the Alliance for the press of general information (Apig), for the daily press, at the beginning of March.

The implementation of these rights derives of a tough battleas the principle was fought by the giants of the net, and Google in particular. The SEPM notably seized the competition authority on several occasions from 2019, with Apig and AFP, then alone in January 2022. In July 2021, the French competition policeman imposed a fine of 500 million euros on Googleaccusing him of not having negotiated “in good faith” with press publishers on the application of neighboring rights.

Rights related to copyright, established for digital platforms in 2019 by a European directive, allow newspapers, magazines or press agencies to be remunerated when their content is reused on the Internet by giants like Google, whose engine search engine displays press snippets in its results pages. It is in this capacity that the firm proposed a framework agreement to the union of magazine press publishers (SEPM), which represents 80 publishers for more than 400 titles, including Le Point, Marianne or Capital), which validated Thursday, according to Le Figaro. “The total amount of the agreement would be around 20 million euros per year”, according to information from the daily. “We are delighted with the decision of the executive committee of the SEPM, which validates our offer relating to neighboring rights”, indicated to AFP Sébastien Missoffe, vice-president and general manager of Google France. This retroactive text “will make it possible to remunerate” the members of the SEPM, added the leader of Google France, who has already sealed agreements with Agence France Presse this fall and the Alliance for the press of general information (Apig), for the daily press, at the beginning of March. The establishment of these rights stems from a tough battle, as the principle was opposed by the giants of the net, and Google in particular. The SEPM notably seized the competition authority on several occasions from 2019, with Apig and AFP, then alone in January 2022. In July 2021, the French competition policeman imposed a fine of 500 million euros. euros to Google, accusing it of not having negotiated “in good faith” with press publishers on the application of related rights.

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