European publishers celebrated a pair of major victories this week in their years-long battle to get Google and other news aggregators to pay for the use of their news snippets.
On Wednesday, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced it was reopening Google News in Spain, eight years after shutting down the service due to a Spanish rule requiring Google to pay for links and snippets citing newspaper articles. Spanish and other media.
Earlier this week in France, Google struck a new slate of licensing deals with publishers across the country that will see the Silicon Valley giant compensate news agencies and publishers for the use of their copyrighted content on its Google Search, Google News and Discover services. Google also quietly dropped its attempt to appeal a decision by the French competition authority last July, which fined the company $527 million (500 million euros) for abusive negotiation” in its attempts to conclude copyright use agreements with French publishers.
Google News shut down in Spain in 2014 after the government required all online aggregators to pay publishers for news snippets. Last year, Spain introduced new legislation that allows media outlets to negotiate directly with the tech giant, rules that bring the country more in line with regulations in the rest of the European Union.
Europe is not the only place where governments are forcing tech giants to change their approach to information. Australia passed legislation earlier this year that requires Google and Facebook to pay publishers for featured content, and Canada has introduced similar legislation.
Last month, the UK government outlined plans for a similar crackdown in Silicon Valley under its new media regulator, the Digital Markets Unit, which would force online aggregators to pay content providers. information for their online content and impose heavy fines – up to 10% of platforms. ‘ global revenue — if they don’t.