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Google signing first European copyright agreement

Google has signed its first agreement in Europe to pay publishers for content online. French publishers´ association announced that they had agreed with Google about a general framework over copyrights under which Google will pay publishers for content online.

Negotiations have been ongoing since France, as first country in the European Union, included EU´s updated copyright directive in the national legislation. Google has earlier only signed individual agreements with a few publications, including Le Monde and Le Figaro.

The new agreement is between Alliance de la presse d’information générale (APIG) and Google, and includes criteria for payments like daily volume of publications, monthly internet traffic and “contribution to political and general information”, they said in a statement.

The parties did not say how much money could be distributed under the agreement to APIG members. Details on how the remuneration would be calculated under the criteria were not disclosed.

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