Google, which is part of Alphabet Holding, has signed news payout agreements with more than 300 publishers in Germany, France and four other EU countries, Reuters reported, citing a company spokesman. Google also plans to take steps to make it easier for other publishers to sign up.
“At the moment we have agreements covering over 300 national, local and specialist news agencies in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland, with many more still to be negotiated.” Sulina Connal, Director of Press and Publisher Relations, wrote in a blog post. The message does not specify the amount of payment for posting messages.
About two-thirds of the signatories are German publishers, including Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“We are now announcing the launch of a new tool that will allow you to submit offers to thousands of other news publishers, starting in Germany and Hungary and will roll out to other EU countries in the coming months.” remarked Connal.
The Enhanced News Preview Agreement, offered to publishers, allows Google to place news snippets on the web for a license fee.
The move follows the passage of EU copyright law three years ago, obliging Google and other online platforms to pay musicians, artists, authors, news publishers and journalists to use their works. Legislation passed in Australia last year and Canada last month obliges online platforms to pay media companies (publishers, media outlets, etc.) for hosted content.