Google and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) announced on Wednesday, November 17, an agreement on the five-year remuneration of the contents of the international press agency used by the US giant, “the culmination of a long struggle”, as well as a desire to “turn the page” after 18 months of difficult negotiations.
This is the first agreement reached by a news agency within the framework of the copyright directive, a European directive that France was the first to transpose into its national legislation in 2019.
Around the world, the issue of internet revenue sharing is at the center of tension between the web giants and the media.
“It is an agreement that covers the entire EU, in all AFP languages, even in countries that have not transposed the directive,” said AFP CEO Fabrice Fries, calling the agreement ” pioneer”.
AFP produces and distributes multimedia content to its clients in six languages around the world.
For Fries, the agreement is “the culmination of a long struggle (…) We fought for the agencies to be fully eligible. The difference with a commercial association is that a contract with related rights has the vocation to be durable ”, added the president and general manager of the AFP.
“We signed this agreement to turn the page and move forward. We are here to show that the actors can get along and that we have found a solution ” For his part, Sébastien Missoffe, general director of Google in France.
The total amount that AFP will receive under the agreement was not disclosed. “It will make it possible to contribute to the production of quality information and the development of innovation within the agency,” said Fries, who wants the platforms to represent an increasingly important part of AFP’s income.