Alphabet unit Google has signed deals to pay more than 300 publishers in Germany, France and four other EU countries for their news and will build a tool to make it easier for others to sign up, too. The company has disclosed.
They announced this publicly on Wednesday, following the adoption of historic EU copyright rules three years ago that require Google and others to pay for musicians, artists, writers, news publishers and journalists to use their work. Platform is required.
Among the staunch critics of Google, news publishers have long urged governments to ensure that online platforms pay fair remuneration for their content. Australia made such payments mandatory last year, while Canada introduced a similar law last month.
“So far, we have agreements that cover more than 300 national, local and specialist news publications in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland, with many more ongoing discussions,” said the news and publication partnership. Director Sulina Konal, said in a blogpost seen by Reuters and expected to be published later on Wednesday. The blog did not specify how much the publishers were being 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 offer thousands more news publishers starting in Germany and Hungary and rolling out to other EU countries in the coming months,” Konal said in the blogpost. Huh.”
The tool provides publishers with an extended news preview agreement that allows Google to show snippets and thumbnails for a license fee.