France could start taxing Google for republishing news snippets, president warns

Issues between publishers and Google should be resolved quickly to avoid new taxes, the French president said

France may introduce a law to make Google pay to republish news snippets if it doesn't strike a deal with French news publishers before the end of the year, the office of French President François Hollande said on Monday.

French publishers want to share in the revenue that Google earns from advertising displayed alongside their news snippets in search results. Readers are

often satisfied by reading the headline and summary published by Google News, and don't feel the need to click through to the news site, the publishers say. In this way, Google profits and the content creators don't.

The publishers want to be able to charge Google to compensate them for ad revenue losses.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt met Hollande late on Monday. He also met the Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, and the Minister for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy, Fleur Pellerin, to discuss the publishers' grievances.

Hollande said during the meeting that Google is not paying enough French taxes relative to the value it gets from French content, according to a statement issued by his office.

He told Schmidt he wanted Google to reach an agreement with publishers by the end of the year. If they could not agree, a law like that proposed in Germany could be introduced, Hollande said, according to the statement.

In August, the German cabinet backed a proposal to extend copyright protection to news article snippets republished by search engines. If the law comes into force, publishers could be allowed to charge Google and other search engines for republishing parts of their articles.

Google declined to comment on the discussions, but repeated its earlier stance: "It's no secret that we think a law like the one proposed in Germany would be very damaging to the Internet. We have said so publicly for three years. We hope it will not be implemented."

Nathalie Collin, president of the French Association for Political and General News Publications, couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Guillaume Frappat, head of economic and digital affairs at the French National Magazine Publishers' Society (SEPM) also couldn't be reached. Both organizations are known to back plans to charge Google for republishing articles.

It is not the first time French publishers have pushed for measures to share in Google's revenue. Last year, a proposed Google tax law that should compensate publishers for losses was canceled. That tax law would have required advertising network operators such as Google, AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo to declare how much revenue they made for an honor-assessed tax.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags copyrightGooglelegalintellectual property

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Loek Essers

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?