The French Competition Authority accepts a Big Tech company’s commitments to compensate publishers for the use of journalistic content (Google)

On 21 June 2022, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) announced that it accepted Google’s commitments related to compensating French publishers for the use of their journalistic content in a range of Google’s services. This brings to an end the FCA’s investigation into Google’s alleged abuse of its dominant position by refusing to display content of publishers who did not authorize the use of their article extracts free of charge. Google’s commitments also end the FCA’s related investigation alleging that Google failed to comply with the FCA’s interim order requiring Google to negotiate with publishers in good faith about proper compensation. Background In July 2019, France implemented Directive 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market which allows press agencies and publishers

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Andreas Reindl, Barbara Monti, The French Competition Authority accepts a Big Tech company’s commitments to compensate publishers for the use of journalistic content (Google), 21 June 2022, e-Competitions June 2022, Art. N° 107662

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