On the eve of an expected court ruling, Google announced on Wednesday (October 7th) that it was in the process of reaching an agreement with the Alliance Française de la Presse d’Information générale (APIG) on the thorny issue of ” neighboring rights “. This legislation resulting from European law should make it possible to remunerate press publishers when Google uses their content on its pages, in particular for its Google News service. So far the search engine refused to pay.
“To give reality to neighboring rights “
” Our discussions […] could validate the key principles of an agreement “, Indicates Google in a press release which also quotes Pierre Louette, boss of the Les Echos-Le Parisien group and negotiator for the general press, according to which these discussions have made it possible to” confirm that google accepted […] to give reality to neighboring rights “.
” The last few weeks have made it possible to clarify many points and to confirm that Google accepts the principle of remuneration for our press titles. », Indicates Pierre Louette in the press release. For his part, the general manager of Google France, Sébastien Missoffe, welcomed “ the progress of negotiations carried out in recent months with press editors within the framework of the French law on “neighboring rights”. We want to support journalism and ensure the continuity of access to as many people as possible to quality content “.
Google’s press release does not mention ongoing discussions with other parties such as the Syndicate of Magazine Editors. However, the search engine and much of the French press are in conflict over how to apply European legislation known as “neighboring rights”. For many publishers, supported by the government, Google is outlawed.
A mutual agreement above the law?
This announcement comes as the Paris Court of Appeal is due to render its decision related to the case this Thursday, October 8. The court must say whether the Competition Authority was right to impose last April on the American internet giant to to negotiate on neighboring rights with the press editors who so wish. According to a source close to the case questioned by AFP, the agreement that is emerging between APIG and Google will apply regardless of the decision taken by the court of appeal.