Canadian Publishing Industry News
16 May 2022,     EUROPE
Google signs deal with European publishers
 
Reuters reports that Google has signed deals to pay more than 300 publishers in Germany, France and four other EU countries for their news and it will roll out a tool to make it easier for others to sign up.

            The move followed the adoption of landmark EU copyright rules three years ago that require Google and other online platforms to pay musicians, performers, authors, news publishers and journalists for using their work. Australia introduced legislation last year to make such payments mandatory while the federal government introduced similar legislation last month.

           

Two-thirds of the publishers are German entities including Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Offers to thousands more news publishers in other EU countries will be made over the coming months.

            The tool offers publishers an extended news preview agreement that allows Google to show snippets and thumbnails for a licensing fee.

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