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Google paying greater than 300 EU publishers for information

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BRUSSELS — Alphabet unit Google has signed offers to pay greater than 300 publishers in Germany, France, and 4 different EU nations for his or her information and can roll out a device to make it simpler for others to enroll, too, the corporate informed Reuters.

The transfer to be introduced publicly in a while Wednesday adopted the adoption of landmark EU copyright guidelines three years in the past that require Google and different on-line platforms to pay musicians, performers, authors, information publishers, and journalists for utilizing their work.

Information publishers, amongst Google’s fiercest critics, have lengthy urged governments to make sure on-line platforms pay truthful remuneration for his or her content material.


Australia final yr made such funds obligatory whereas Canada launched related laws final month.

“To this point, now we have agreements which cowl greater than 300 nationwide, native and specialist information publications in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Eire, with many extra discussions ongoing,” Sulina Connal, director for information and publishing partnerships, mentioned in a weblog submit seen by Reuters and anticipated to be printed in a while Wednesday.

The weblog didn’t say how a lot publishers had been being paid.

Two-thirds of this group are German publishers together with Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Licensing charge

“We are actually saying the launch of a brand new device to make affords to 1000’s extra information publishers, beginning in Germany and Hungary, and rolling out to different EU nations over the approaching months,” Connal mentioned within the weblog submit.

The device affords publishers an prolonged information preview settlement that permits Google to indicate snippets and thumbnails for a licensing charge.


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