PARIS – Google is appealing a fine of 500 million euros imposed by the French competition authority in a case between the American technology giant and French press publishers.
“We do not agree with a number of legal elements and believe the fine is disproportionate to our efforts to reach an agreement and comply with the new law,” said SÃ©bastien Missoffe, CEO of Google France, in a press release.
In July, the competition authority fined the company for failing to comply with interim measures imposed last year, which required Google to negotiate “in good faith” with the newspaper industry on the fees. license. The search engine giant must also submit a compensation offer and provide news publishers with the information they need to evaluate this offer, or face a fine of up to â¬ 900,000 per day. The appeal does not suspend these obligations.
Google had until the end of August to appeal the decision and still has a month to share its arguments. The move could worsen relations between the company and newspaper publishers, at a time when the American tech giant is anxious to show that it is making deals with the newspaper industry.
âRegardless of that, we recognize neighboring rights and continue to work hard to resolve this matter and put agreements in place. This includes extending offerings to 1,200 publishers, clarifying aspects of our contracts and we share more data as requested by the French competition authority in its July decision, “added Missoffe.