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Google fined €500 million by the French Competition Authority: Why and what next?

July 23, 2021

In a decision published on July 13th, the French Competition Authority fined Google up to 500 million euros for not complying with the several injunctions issued in April 2020 with regards to the remuneration of related rights for press publishers and agencies.

In this new episode, Fayrouze Masmi-Dazi (Partner, Frieh Associés) explains the decision and discusses its impact. Will it trigger negotiations between Google and the press? Can Google block or appeal the injunction? And what decisions have been made in other countries?

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If you want to read more about this topic, check the Concurrences website where you can find all relevant articles

- Press release, Autorité de la Concurrence, 13 July 2021

- Alain Ronzano, Intellectual property: The French Competition Authority sanctions a search engine for non-compliance with its decision on interim measures, mainly for not negotiating in good faith with publishers and press agencies, by refusing to grant a separate financial valuation to neighbouring rights for current uses of protected content (Google), 13 July 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 101556 

- Laurent Geelhand, Antoine Riquier, The French Competition Authority imposes interim measures on a dominant Big Tech company requiring it to enter into good faith negotiations with publishers and new agencies (Google), 9 April 2020, e-Competitions April 2020, Art. N° 95257

- French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority imposes interim measures against a search engine suspected to abuse of its dominance by infringing the law relating to neighboring rights (Google), 9 April 2020, e-Competitions April 2020, Art. N° 94250

This podcast series has received unrestricted financial support from Frieh Associés. The opinions and judgments expressed by the speakers are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of their institution/company.

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