Paris (AFP) – The Competition Authority printed on their website on Friday the commitments provided by Google to escape their conflict with publishers over neighboring rights in France.

Publishers have until January 31 to offer their opinion on these commitments. For the consultation results, the Competition Authority might or might not decide to close the substantive proceedings initiated by the push publishers against the American giant.

The idea of rights linked to copyright allows newspapers, magazines, or push agencies to be reimbursed when their content is recycled on the internet.

About Google, it applies to push decorations that can be found in the search engine results pages.

This remuneration was presented for web programs by Article 15 of the American Copyright Directive, adopted in March 2019 by the American Parliament following more than 2 yrs of intense debate.

Google had originally declined the theory of remuneration for publishers and push agencies, leading them to seize the Competition Authority.


Based on the Authority’s push discharge, Google undertakes to “negotiate in excellent faith” with publishers and agencies which therefore wish, and “to produce a remuneration proposal” within three months.

In the absence of agreement, “the negotiating events can have the likelihood of seizing an arbitral tribunal accountable for deciding the total amount of the remuneration,” the expenses of which will be compensated by Google.

“An unbiased consultant accepted by the Authority may guarantee the implementation of the commitments built and might enlist, if required, the services of a specialized, financial or specialist in a rational property.”

The American giant can also be focused on providing push publishers and push agencies with technical data “enabling a transparent examination of the payment provided by Google.”

“Google undertakes to take the mandatory steps, so your negotiations do not affect the indexing, the classification, or the demonstration of protected content,” also indicates the Authority.

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