France fines Google $500 million over a copyright dispute

France's antitrust watchdog has fined Alphabet's Google 500 million euros ($593 million) for failing to fully comply with temporary orders issued in a dispute with the country's news publishers.


Within the next two months, the tech behemoth must submit proposals on how it will compensate news organisations and other publishers for the use of their content. If it does not comply, it will face daily fines of up to 900,000 euros.


News publishers APIG, SEPM, and AFP accuse Google of failing to engage in good faith talks with them to find common ground for the remuneration of online news content under a recent EU directive creating so-called "neighbouring rights."


The case revolved around whether Google violated temporary orders issued by the antitrust authority, which required such talks to take place within three months with any news publishers who requested them.