EXCLUSIVE Google Pays Over 300 EU Publishers For News, More To Come

BRUSSELS, May 11 (Reuters) – Alphabet (GOOGL.O) Google has signed deals to pay more than 300 publishers in Germany, France and four other EU countries for their news and will roll out a tool to facilitate the registration of others, the company told Reuters.

The move, which will be publicly announced later on Wednesday, follows the adoption of landmark EU copyright rules three years ago that require Google and other online platforms to pay musicians, performers, authors, news editors and journalists for the use of their work.

News publishers, among Google’s fiercest critics, have long urged governments to ensure online platforms pay fair compensation for their content. Last year, Australia made such payments mandatory, while Canada introduced similar legislation last month. read more

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“So far we have agreements that cover over 300 national, local and specialist news publications in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland, with many more discussions in course,” Sulina Connal, director of news and publishing partnerships, said in a blog post seen by Reuters and expected to be published later on Wednesday. The blog did not say how much the editors were paid.

Two-thirds of this group are German publishers, including Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“We are now announcing the launch of a new tool to bid on thousands more news publishers, starting with Germany and Hungary, and rolling it out to other EU countries over the course of the next few months,” Connal said in the blog post.

The tool offers publishers an extended news preview contract that allows Google to display snippets and thumbnails for a license fee.

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Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Edited by Lisa Shumaker

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