France is considering adopting legislation that will force Google to pay for the right to quote news from the country’s vehicles, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Franois Hollande, president of France, said on Monday, 29, that the new measure could come into force if the search giant does not resolve a long dispute with French vehicles over the advertising revenue share.
During a meeting with Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, Hollande said he would like the company and vehicles to enter into an agreement before the end of the year.
“Dialogues and negotiations would be the best option, but if necessary, we will adopt legislation,” said the French president to the company executive.
Google, however, warned that it would exclude French newspapers from its search engine if France implements the law. In an official statement, the internet giant said it “cannot accept” the creation of a right that “threatens its own existence and as a result, it would be forced to eliminate French sites from searches”.
The company also said that Google’s activities benefit French sites by “redirecting four billion clicks per month to its pages”. The country’s media agencies disagree, since the site profits from linking the news.
“We believe that a law like the proposals in France and Germany would be very damaging to the internet. We have been saying this publicly for three years,” said Google.
Hollande’s ultimatum marks the possible end of a long battle between vehicles and Google, which for a long time resisted the idea of sharing ad revenue with content providers.
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