Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – 17:47 | Last Updated : 14 07 2021 – 17:47
The French Competition Authority fined Google 500 million euros for violating “rights adjacent to the rights of the author”.
Competition Authority President Isabelle de Silva said in a statement to Google; neighboring copyright-related rights said it was fined 500m euros for failing to comply with its obligation to negotiate in good faith with publisher editors and for failing to pay publishers for using their content.
Opposing the principle of “rights next to the rights of the author”, Google argues that the publishers and news agencies are paid well enough for the traffic directed to their sites.
At the end of 2019, French press organizations and unions complained to the French Competition Authority on the grounds that Google, who wanted to use this content for free and refused to pay a price, “abuses its dominant position”.
Media outlets and unions applied to the Competition Authority again in September 2020 on the grounds that Google did not comply with its obligations.