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Google to pay $76 million to French media group in a related rights dispute

American tech company Google will pay $76 million over three years to a group of French news outlets in compensation for posting their publications on their sites.

Google is willing to pay a total of $22 million a year to a group of 121 national and local French news outlets after signing individual licensing agreements with each of them. The second is a settlement agreement in which Google agrees to pay $10 million to the same group of publishers in exchange for their commitment to end current and future copyright infringement litigation over a three-year period.

Last April, the European Union approved a directive that strengthens the enforcement of copyright laws when posting works on the Internet. Among other things, it empowers media publishers to be rewarded for using their content on Internet platforms. At the same time, the document allows sites to freely post address links to articles and other media materials.

At the end of July 2019, on the basis of this directive, a law was adopted in France on “the creation of related rights in the interests of news agencies and media editors.” According to this document, news aggregators, social networks and other Internet platforms must pay a fee to the media for publishing their materials under a special agreement. The amount of payments depends not only on the publication's investments in the creation of a specific material but also on how the aggregator benefits from the placement of the relevant materials.

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