Facebook agrees to pay French media for their content after months of copyright discussions


Facebook has reached an agreement with French press publishers to pay them on the copyright of their content, the American social network announced Thursday.

It comes just weeks after Facebook signed similar deals with Le Monde and Le Figaro newspapers.

The license agreement signed with the pressure group Alliance for the General Information Press (Apig), which represents national and regional dailies, “provides for Facebook to obtain and pay for neighboring rights licenses,” according to a statement.

“In addition, it will give the possibility to the editors of the Alliance who wish to participate in Facebook News”, a new service dedicated to information which is to be launched in France in January 2022, indicated the social network.

“The terms we have reached will allow Facebook to apply the directive and French law, while generating significant funding for Alliance publishers, especially the smallest of them”, Pierre Louette, president of the ‘Apig and CEO of Groupe Les Echos. Le Parisien, the statement said.

Neither the amount of compensation nor the method of calculating how much Facebook will pay was disclosed.

Copyright negotiations underway

“Neighboring rights” or “neighboring rights” are explicitly provided for by new EU legislation adopted in 2019, which was immediately transposed into French law.

It paves the way for the remuneration of authors of press content extracted from articles, photos, videos and infographics which in turn appear on the results pages of major internet platforms, such as Google.

But the latter contested it for a long time and negotiations with the press were very laborious.

A framework agreement concerning payments due for “neighboring rights” was announced in January between Apig and Google, but it must be revised to take into account a condemnation in July of the search engine by the Competition Authority at a fine of € 500. millions for not having negotiated “in good faith” with the press editors.

The watchdog has asked the American giant to resume negotiations with publishers and to come up with a new compensation offer.

Less than a month ago, Le Monde and Le Figaro both announced separate agreements with Facebook, as they had previously done with Google, for the remuneration and promotion of their content.


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