‘It’s blackmail’: French and German publishers unite to fight Google’s refusal to pay to them copyright fees
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‘It’s blackmail’: French and German publishers unite to fight Google’s refusal to pay to them copyright fees

But on Sept. 25, Google stirred up a hornet’s nest when it revealed that it had no such intention . “We don’t accept payment from anyone to be included in search results,” wrote Richard Gingras, vp of news for Google in a blog post . “We sell ads, not search results, and every ad on Google is clearly marked. That’s also why we don’t pay publishers when people click on their links in a search result.” French and German publishers don’t plan to stand down quietly without a fight. They’re betting on strength in numbers and as such are putting on a united front. The editors of France’s Alliance of the Press of General Information, which represents dozens of publishers, and the European Newspapers Publishers Association both issued statements condemning Google’s move as an abuse of power. Germany’s equivalent body– the Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers known — swiftly followed suit with its own statement of intent to stand with French publishers to challenge the ruling, and challenge Google’s position on antitrust grounds, with the European Commission. “Google is not above the law,” said the ENPA statement. “European publishers intend to remain united in the face of intimidation […]

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