Neighboring Law: Google Commits to Paying French Media

Google France announces that it has signed several agreements with French media on neighboring rights. The group pays news organizations to use the content of their articles.

The early signatories to these agreements include Le Monde, Courrier International, L’Obs, Le Figaro, Liberation and L’Express. “We are currently discussing with many other players in the national and regional daily press and the magazine press,” said Google.

In addition to these first individual agreements, Google is still negotiating a framework agreement with the Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale. The negotiations should be concluded “before the end of the year”.

These agreements also open up access to the new Google News Showcase licensing program. In this way, internet users can access more advanced content and publishers can build closer relationships with their readership. As a reminder, Google News Showcase was launched in some countries last month.

What is the Neighbor Law Regarding Google?

The neighboring law provides for remuneration for the content of press publishers (especially photos and videos) used by online platforms. This is especially the case when they appear in Google’s search results. The neighboring law results from European legislation that was passed in 2019 and immediately implemented by France.

Google initially refused to pay the French press, which sparked a stalemate with the sector. The French competition authority then ordered publishers to negotiate, a decision that was upheld by the Paris Court of Appeal.