Neighboring rights: Google signs an agreement to remunerate the French press

Despite tense negotiations, they reached an agreement. Google and the General Information Press Alliance (Apig), which represents French national and regional dailies, announced on Thursday January 21 the signing of an agreement paving the way for the remuneration of the French press by the giant Net under “neighboring right”, after turbulent negotiations. “The General Information Press Alliance and Google today announced an agreement on the remuneration of neighboring rights under French law”, announced the two parties in a joint statement, stressing that it was about “the culmination of many months of negotiations within the framework set by the Competition Authority”.

This agreement “sets the framework within which Google will negotiate individual license agreements with members” of the Apig, explain the signatories. These will be licensing agreements that “will cover neighboring rights, and will also give newspapers access to News Showcase”, this program recently launched by Google in which it pays media for a selection of enriched content.

According to the press release, the remuneration of publishers will be calculated individually and “based on criteria such as, for example, the contribution to political and general information, the daily volume of publications or even the monthly Internet audience”.

For Pierre Louette, CEO of the group The echoesThe Parisian and president of Apig, this agreement “marks the effective recognition of the neighboring right of press publishers and the start of their remuneration by digital platforms for the use of their online publications”. For his part, the boss of Google France Sébastien Missoffe sees it as confirmation of a “commitment” which opens to them “new perspectives”.

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