Alphabet unit Google has signed a deal to pay more than 300 publishers in Germany, France and four other EU countries for news and will roll out a tool to make it easier for others to sign up too, the company told Reuters.
The move, which will be publicly announced later on Wednesday, follows landmark EU copyright rules passed three years ago that require Google and other online platforms to offer musicians, performers, writers, news publishers and journalists access to their copyrights. Paid for works.
Among Google’s fiercest critics, news publishers have long urged the government to ensure online platforms are paid fairly for their content. Australia made such payments mandatory last year, while Canada introduced similar legislation last month.
“So far, we have signed agreements with more than 300 national, local and specialist news publications covering Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland, with more discussions underway,” News & Publishing The launch is expected later on Wednesday, partners director Sulina Connal said in a blog post seen by Reuters. The blog did not say how much the publisher was paid.
Two thirds of this group are German publishers, including Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“We are now announcing the launch of a new tool to provide offers to thousands of news publishers, starting in Germany and Hungary and rolling out to other EU countries in the coming months,” Conor said in a blog post.
The tool offers publishers an extended press preview agreement that allows Google to display snippets and thumbnails for a license fee.
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