France Hits Google With $593 Million Fine In News Copyright Battle
Wednesday July 14, 2021. 12:40 AM , from Slashdot/Apple
It is the largest-ever fine imposed by France's competition watchdog for a company's failure to adhere to one of its rulings, according to French news agency AFP. Google was ordered by the regulator to present an offer of remuneration for the use of protected content to publishers within two months or risk facing fines of up to 900,000 euros per day. Google said it was 'very disappointed' by Tuesday's decision. 'We have acted in good faith throughout the entire process,' a Google spokesperson told CNBC. 'The fine ignores our efforts to reach an agreement, and the reality of how news works on our platforms.' 'To date, Google is the only company to have announced agreements on neighboring rights,' the spokesperson added. 'We are also about to finalize an agreement with AFP that includes a global licensing agreement, as well as the remuneration of their neighboring rights for their press publications.'
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