Google and French newspapers said on Thursday that they have signed an agreement to open the way for online giants to provide digital rights payments after months of intense negotiations.

The joint statement said that the agreement signed with the French daily’s APIG alliance involved “neighbor rights”, which required payment for displaying news content through Internet searches.

Google said the agreement provides a framework for Google and newspapers to negotiate a personal license agreement on payment matters, and will give newspapers access to its new news display program, which will pay publishers for selected rich content.

Payment will be calculated separately and will be based on criteria including Internet views and the amount of information posted.

Pierre Louette, head of APIG, stated that this is equivalent to “effectively recognizing the adjacent rights of the press and starting to use its publications online through digital platforms to get paid.”

Sebastien Missoffe, the head of Google France, called this evidence of a “commitment” transaction, which opened a “new horizon.”

The news media, which has long plagued the decline in print subscriptions, has been worried that Google has failed to get millions of dollars in revenue from advertisements displayed along with news search results.

The COVID-19 crisis has further damaged sales.

An appeals court in Paris ruled in that the American giant must continue negotiations with French news publishers on new European laws regarding the rights of neighboring countries.

France was the first country in the European Union to enact this law, but Google initially refused to comply with the law, saying that the media group has benefited from millions of visits on its website.

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