French Antitrust Regulator Fines Google 500 Mln Euros
07:25 GMT 13.07.2021 (Updated: 20:25 GMT 19.10.2022)
© AP Photo / Michel EulerIn this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past. The U.S. Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998.
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Google said in response that it is "very disappointed" with the watchdog’s decision, saying that the fine ignores the efforts of the company to reach an agreement with news publishers.
The French antitrust regulator announced on Tuesday that Google has to pay 500 mln euros in fines over a news copyright row. According to the authority, the company had failed to negotiate "in good faith" with media outlets over the republishing of their content.
The tech giant now has a two-month deadline, or it will have to pay up to 900,000 euros per day.
© AP Photo / Virginia MayoIn this March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Germany’s finance minister on Wednesday welcomed an agreement requiring large companies in the European Union to reveal how much tax they paid in which country.
In this March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Germany’s finance minister on Wednesday welcomed an agreement requiring large companies in the European Union to reveal how much tax they paid in which country.
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"We have acted in good faith during the entire negotiation period. This fine does not reflect the efforts put in place, nor the reality of the use of news content on our platform", the company responded. "This decision is mainly about negotiations that took place between May and September 2020. Since then, we have continued to work with publishers and news agencies to find common ground".
Google faced its first antitrust fine in France in December 2019, when it was ordered to pay 150 million euros ($167 million). Several other fines followed shortly after, with the last one coming in June, as the antitrust watchdog announced that Google had to pay 220 million euros ($267 million) "for promoting its services in the online advertising sector".