Conflict with Google: the magazine press in turn seizes the Competition Authority

The general press has already taken the same approach with the Authority, still on the subject of the application of “neighbouring rights”.

After the general press, the union of magazine press publishers (SEPM) announced on Monday that it had in turn seized the Competition Authority, as part of the showdown with Google on . “At the end of the 3-month period set by the Competition Authority for good faith negotiations to take place with Google on the effective implementation of the neighboring right of publishers, the SEPM was forced to file a new complaint with the Authority“, specified the professional organization in a press release.

The SEPM criticizes Google for not having respected the injunctions issued in April by the authority, which enjoined the company to negotiate “in good faithon the implementation of neighboring rights. This provides for remuneration of the press for the content (photos and videos in particular) used by the search engine and other online platforms.

The SEPM regrets that Google is continuing its fierce battle started with the European directive“which established the neighboring right, “against the principle“Even of this right, adds the SEPM, which always says to itself”determined and determined to assert the right of publishers to obtain fair remuneration for the use of press content“.

The Alliance of the General Information Press (Apig), which represents the national and regional daily press, had already seized the Competition Authority for the same reasons, considering that Google had not respected its obligation to negotiate. Discussions did indeed take place between Google and various news publishers, but they ended with a “failure“As far as Apig is concerned, Marc Feuillée, general manager of the Figaro.

The track of the appointment of a mediator to relaunch discussions between Google and the press has been mentioned in recent weeks, as Isabelle de Silva, the president of the Competition Authority, confirmed to AFP on Wednesday.

However, this whole negotiation process could be called into question if the Paris Court of Appeal, seized by Google, decides to invalidate the decision of the Authority in April which had instituted it. A hearing on this subject is to be held on Thursday, and the Authority then expects a fairly quick decision, perhaps in September, Isabelle de Silva said.

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