According to the French agency, Google France will pay Rs 551 crore to 121 news publications, under an agreement with APIG Alliance, a group of French newspapers. The deal between Google and APIG was done last month, but the amount to be paid is now decided. Google was reportedly not ready for this initially. However, now a three-year agreement has been reached between the search engine giant and APIG.
Please tell that in 2014, a similar law was made in Spain, under which Google was asked to pay large amount to news organizations, but instead of paying the amount, Google closed its ‘Google News’ category in Spain. Granted. Google was preparing to do the same with France, but Google had to bow down to the government’s tough stand. The amount will be decided according to the content received from the news publication.
Amar Ujala’s one Report According to Google, in the third quarter of 2020, Google had a turnover of Rs 3.34 lakh crore, of which 2.70 lakh crore was collected from advertising. So, Rs 551 crore does not seem like a huge amount for Google.
First Spain, then France and now it is reported that Australia is also preparing to enact a similar law.