France considers law forcing Google to pay for linking news
PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande told Google's (GOOG.O) chief executive on Monday that France would legislate to force the web search engine to pay for displaying links to news articles unless it struck a deal with French media outlets.
Press associations in France, and other European countries, want Google to pay when it displays links to newspapers in Internet searches.
In reply, Google has threatened to stop indexing articles from the French press.
"The President ... said he hoped negotiations between Google and press organs could begin quickly and conclude before the end of the year," Hollande's office said in a statement after his meeting with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
If no deal were struck, France would press ahead with a law similar to one being drafted in Germany, the statement said.
Earlier this month Brazil's National Association of Newspapers stopped using search engine aggregator Google News, arguing that it refused to pay for content and was driving traffic away from newspaper sites.
(Reporting By Nicholas Vinocur; Editing by Robert Woodward)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
Trending On Reuters
U.S. authorities were expected to announce on Friday that investigators had determined that North Korea was behind a devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures, setting up a possible confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang. Full Article
Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android – sources. Full Article
For N.Korea's cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids. Full Article