The French Press Complains Against Google

The French press, in conflict with Google on the application of the “neighboring right”, will file a complaint before the Competition Authority, announced Thursday the Alliance of general information press. She will also seize the government to challenge the conditions imposed by the search engine.

This collective approach was announced at a press conference by Jean-Michel Baylet, head of La Dépêche du Midi and president of the Alliance  while Google applies from Thursday this news rules for newspaper publishers in France.

Agence France-Presse (AFP), which is not part of the Alliance, is preparing a complaint on its side, said the agency’s management.

The French media will be forced to let Google use free extracts of their content, or otherwise, their information will become much less visible in its search results, which will drop their Internet traffic.

This device was set up by Google unilaterally, despite the entry into force on Thursday of the “neighboring right”. This new mechanism is supposed to allow a better sharing of digital revenues for the benefit of information producers.

This move by Google, announced a month ago, outraged the press and the French government, which see the conditions imposed by the US group a breach of national and European legislation.

The neighboring law, introduced by a European directive adopted at the beginning of the year, should allow press publishers to negotiate with the digital giants a fee, in return for the reuse of their content on the Internet. France is the first member of the EU to have transposed this text, via a law adopted in July.

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The French press, in conflict with Google on the application of the "neighboring right", will file a complaint before the Competition Authority, announced Thursday.

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