France was the first member of the European Union to apply the new one Copyright Directive which basically obliges third-party news aggregators to jointly recognize copyrights to the publishers of the publications from which they take, even partially, the contents. And it is precisely in France that publishing houses have fallen on a war footing Google.
Indeed, the Mountain View company would have no intention of paying for the news that is reported, in the form of previews, in its news platform and in its search engine in general. This position would have resulted in the outrage of the APIG, the association of the transalpine press, determined to resort to legal action against the Californian giant.
What happens in France could only be a starter of what could happen when, by June of 2020, all the nations that are part of the EU will have to apply the provisions of the Directive. Will Big G decide to permanently close Google News and its other information sections, to avoid paying as expected?
A conclusion like this is not unlikely given the previous experiences recorded in Spain and Germany, two countries that even before the European initiative had decided to take up the defense of the publishers, after all theENPA (European Newspaper Publishers' Association) would have already decided to support the battle of the French colleagues.
For their part, Mountain View spokesmen would have liked to remember that the Directive does not require companies to pay for links, and European publishers should take into account the fact that thanks to Google, around 8 billion visits are generated monthly to online publications. gain from increased traffic.