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France fines Google 500 million euros for negotiating with newspaper publishers

France-ALSHARQIYA   July 13: The French competition regulator imposed on Tuesday a fine of 500 million euros (approximately $592 million) on the Google group for not negotiating “in good faith” with press publishers about the implementation of “neighboring rights” to pay publishers compensation for the use of their contents.

The authority also ordered the group to "make an offer" to publishers and news agencies "to pay allowances for the current uses of their protected content", under pain of imposing measures on them "that could amount to €900,000 for each day of delay".

The confrontation between Google and owners of newspaper organizations and news services has raged for a long time.

European publishers have been paying regulators for more than a decade to deal with the dominance of Google, which has drawn in billions of euros in advertising revenue.

Complaints were lodged in France in 2019 by groups representing newspapers and magazines, as well as Agence France-Presse.

Tuesday's fine is the latest show of force by Paris, as France competes with its European Union counterparts led by Germany to be the most powerful regulator in the region for US technology companies.

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