France slams Google with $593m fine for copyright violation

*French regulatory authorities have mandated the global tech giant to come up with proposals on how it would compensate news agencies and other publishers for use of news content within two months

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

For failing to comply fully with temporary orders it had given in a row with the country’s news publishers, France has fined Alphabet Incorporated’s Google $592.75 million over.

ConsumerConnect learnt the country’s regulator fined Google Tuesday, July 13, 2021, over the global technology giant’s failure to adhere fully to temporary orders given in a row with the French news publishers.

Within the next two months, it has come up with proposals on how it would compensate news agencies and other publishers for the use of their news.

If Google does not do that, it would face additional fines of up to 900,000 Euros per day, reports Reuters.

News publishers APIG, SEPM and AFP have accused the tech giant of having failed to open talks in good faith with them to find a common ground for the remuneration of news content online, under a recent European Union (EU) directive that creates so-called “neighbouring rights”.

Google has been roasted by different anti-trust regulators for years, according to reports.

Business Insider, for instance, reported that the global tech giant has been hit with $10 billion worth of fines in Europe in a three-year period.

Google will seek to overturn a record $5.15 billion EU antitrust fine at a five-day hearing in September at Europe’s second-highest court, quoted sources stated.

The hearing is scheduled for September 27, 2021.

Recall the European Commission in its 2018 decision said Google had used its popular Android mobile operating system to thwart rivals, an anti-competitive practice dating from 2011.

Likewise, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), in June, opened a formal probe into Amazon and Google over concerns that they have not been doing enough to combat fake reviews on their sites.

Regulators are concerned whether Amazon and Google have been doing enough to detect fake and misleading reviews or suspicious patterns of behaviour.

Google in June found itself in the EU anti-trust spotlight, again, as regulators opened an investigation into its lucrative digital advertising business to examine whether it favors its own business over rivals, advertisers, and online publishers.

The EU disclosed that it would investigate whether Google distorts competition by restricting access to third parties to user data for advertising purposes on Web sites and apps, while reserving such data for its own use.

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