Fine from the French competition authorities to Google
Competition authorities in France have fined Google €500 million for failing to comply fully with interim orders issued in the context of a company dispute with the country’s news agencies.
Google must make proposals within the next two months on how to compensate news agencies and other news organizations for using their news. Failure to do so will result in additional fines of up to 900,000 euros per day.
News agencies APIG, SEPM, and AFP accuse Google of not starting talks with them to find common ground for online news content under a recent EU directive creating so-called “related rights”.
This case focuses on whether Google violated interim orders issued by the French antitrust authority, which requested such talks within three months, with any news agency requesting it.
APIG, which represents most of the major news organizations (Le Figaro, Le Monde, etc.), remains one of those who have appealed, despite signing a framework agreement, as it has been on hold for as long as its decision is pending. competition authority, according to Reuters.
European publishers have been pushing regulators for more than a decade to tackle the power of Google, which has won billions of euros in advertising.