Google Paying More Than 300 European Union Publishers for News

Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) has inked a deal to pay over 300 publishers across Germany, France and four other European Union countries for their news. According to the deal goggle will roll out a tool to make it easier for other to sign up too.

Three years ago, the EU adopted a game changing policy requiring online platforms to pay musicians, performers, authors, news publishers and journalists for using their work.

Last year, Australia adopted a proposal making such payments mandatory similarly, last month Canada introduced a similar proposal.

In a blog post, Google’s director for news and publishing partnerships in France, Sulina Connal, said that more details on the matter will be published in the course of the week she however failed to reveal how much the company is paying publishers.

So far, we have agreements which cover more than 300 national, local and specialist news publications in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland, with many more discussions ongoing,” said Connal.

Connal also announced the launch of a new tool to make offers to thousands more news publishers. The tool is currently available in Germany and Hungary however it will be rolled out to other EU countries over the coming months.

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