Google Fined €500m For Breach Of French Copyright Law

The regulator also accused Google of failing to provide important information to its negotiating partners.

In a disagreement over copyright law, France’s competition commission fined Google 500 million euros (592 million USD).

Isabelle de Silva, the chief of the competition regulator, said in a statement on Tuesday that Google had not negotiated with French publishers in good faith.

According to the president, Google was found to have broken the competition regulator’s orders last April by refusing to discuss remuneration for the use of copyrighted information.

Google admitted disappointment with the decision, claiming that the negotiations had always been fair.

However, the regulator’s feedback would be taken into account and its suggestions adopted, the company said in a letter.

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The regulator also accused Google of failing to provide important information to its negotiating partners.

Moreover, the internet giant apparently excluded part of the press from the negotiations.

Google countered by criticizing the decision for not referring to the current state of negotiations, but mainly to talks held between May and September 2020.

In addition to the fine, Google must now provide publishers and press agencies with an offer to pay for copyrighted material within two months of its use and to inform the regulator accordingly.

Failure to do so could potentially result in a daily penalty of up to 900,000 euros.

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