Neighboring rights: Google and 140 media sign an agreement

140 media have signed remuneration contracts with Google under related rights to copyright pursuant to the framework agreements concluded in recent months with two structures representing daily newspapers and magazines.

Another Google agreement for neighboring rights

Rights related to copyright were established for digital platforms in 2019 by a European directive. They allow newspapers, magazines or press agencies to be paid when their content is reused on the Internet by giants like Google, whose search engine displays press extracts in its results pages.

As such, Google signed a framework agreement in March with the Alliance for General Information Press (Apig, which brings together nearly 300 national, regional and local daily press titles), then in April with the Syndicat des magazine press publishers (SEPM, which represents 80 publishers for more than 400 titles).

Under these framework agreements, about 140 publications have so far signed the compensation offers made by Google, Google France told AFP. This represents more than half of the titles of these two structures eligible for neighboring rights because they have a website. “The framework agreement defines the parameters and then, we sign the concrete contracts publication by publication”recalled Google France, relying on the fact that other signatures would intervene in “the coming weeks”. Apig and SEPM represent roughly two-thirds of the audience and press cards in France.

In addition to these two framework agreements, Google signed an agreement with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in November 2021, as well as other individual agreements with newspapers, such as Le Monde, which represent around ten titles. All amounts are confidential.

In addition, Google said it was negotiating with two other representative structures, the FNPS (National Federation of Specialized Information Press) and the FFAP (French Federation of News Agencies). Google also hopes to sign with other individual players, including broadcast media news sites.

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