500 million euro fine to Google!

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.

In the statement, it was stated that this penalty was the biggest penalty imposed by the Competition Board for not complying with its decisions, and it was stated that Google was asked to submit a fee offer to publishing houses and press agencies for the use of their copyrighted content, and it was stated that it could face a fine of up to 900,000 euros for each day that it does not do so.

The dispute between French press and news agencies stems from the fact that Google does not want to pay for excerpts, photos, videos or infographic content from the articles on the results page when internet users apply to the search engine.


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”.

The agency imposed emergency measures on Google in April 2020, requiring it to negotiate a fee in good faith with newspaper publishers.

Media outlets and unions applied to the Competition Authority again in September 2020 on the grounds that Google did not comply with its obligations.

The French Competition Authority fined Google 220m euros last month for anticompetitive behavior on its ad network.