Sina Technology News On the afternoon of May 11, Beijing time, google reportedly told the media today that the company has signed an agreement to pay news fees to more than 300 publishers in Germany, France and four other EU countries. In addition, Google will also launch a tool to facilitate other publishers to sign similar agreements with Google.
Later today, Google will officially announce the news. Three years ago, the European Union passed a landmark new copyright rule that would require Google and other online platforms to sign licensing agreements with musicians, performers, writers, news publishers and journalists before they could (pay) use their online works.
News publishers are among Google's fiercest critics and have long urged the government to ensure that online platforms pay fairly for their content. Last year, Australia mandated online platforms to pay such payments. Last month, Canada introduced similar regulations.
Sulina Connal, Director of Google's News and Publishing Partnerships, said: "So far, we have reached agreements covering more than 300 countries, local and professional news publications in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland, and much more discussions are underway. ”
Of the more than 300 publishers, two-thirds are German, including Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Connor added: "We will also launch a new tool to offer thousands of news publishers, starting in Germany and Hungary and rolling out to other EU countries in the coming months." ”