The French competition authority decides that Google (GOOG, GOOGL) must pay French publishers for the reuse of their content.
Last year, Google attempted to circumvent new EU copyright laws by removing news clips from search results. The hyperlinks and short summaries remained visible.
Competition Authority statement: “Google’s practices have caused serious and immediate harm to the press sector, while the economic situation of publishers and news agencies is otherwise fragile and the law was aimed instead to improve the conditions of remuneration they derive from the content produced by journalists. “
Google France says it has engaged with publishers “to increase our support and investment in news”, and the company will meet the new order while continuing these negotiations.