Google vs French Media content & advertising the money game

Posted on October 21, 2012


Internet giant Google has threatened to stop linking to French media sites to protest against a proposed French law that would force search engines to pay for content, sparking an angry reaction from the Socialist government in return.

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Internet technology company Google has threatened that if France goes ahead with its plans to charge the search engine for content it will start excluding French media sites from its search results.  Google warned it would exclude French media sites from its search results, if France adopts a law forcing search engines to pay for content, in the latest confrontation with European governments. Google   sent a letter to several ministerial offices saying that if  such a law is enacted it “would threaten its very existence” according to the information on  BBC.  French media stated it is unfair that Google received ad revenue for the content they are producing. Google on the other hand is of the opinion that because of its search engine, the French media websites receive four billion hits each month.  France was in favor  of levying tax on online advertising revenue but, it didn’t go ahead with those plans as it believed that this particular move would hurt smaller businesses and companies rather than the internet giants.  The French government was asked by news publishers to enact a law that would force internet search engines to pay for content that it indexes. According to the news publishers such a law would, in a way, bring about a settlement in the long-running battle with  Google.

France’s new Socialist government, has been open to helping struggling media companies, also warned Google that it should not threaten democratic governments.  French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti told a parliamentary commission this week that she was in favor of the idea, calling it “a tool that it seems important to me to develop” and was surprised by the tone of Google’s letter. “You don’t deal with a democratically-elected government with threats, French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti told Agence France-Presse told  last Thursdaymedia  assocication   Google already has a licensing deal with Agence France-Presse. The French newswire sued Google in 2007 for copyright violations when the search engine started using clips from AFP calling it a “complete refusal by the dominant actor on the market for a  dialogue.”

Google already has a licensing deal with Agence France-Presse. The French newswire sued Google in 2007 for copyright violations when the search engine started using clips from AFP.

For the rest of the French media, the publications might find feuding with the internet’s biggest search engine isn’t an easy ride.

Just last month, U.K. paper The Times opted back into Google after it decided to block all traffic coming from searches. However, about 30 to 40 percent of The Times traffic came from searches, and after two years in the cold it decided to come back.

Google France representatives were scheduled to meet with Franco officials Friday to discuss the law as well as concerns that Google is running afoul of European Union privacy regulations.

Adrian Drury, an analyst with research firm Ovum said “France has a track record of enacting laws to protect its local media interest that seem out of step with the conventional wisdom in other markets,””The question is whether by returning a search result Google is infringing the copyright of a site. The publishers will continue to contest this, but the general consensus is that it is not,” he added for more reading catch the The Raw Story

According to the Digital Journal website  “Last September, concerned at falling revenues, French newspaper publishers asked the French government to bring forward legislation which would compel internet search engines such as Bing and Yahoo, but principally Google, to pay the publishers of the source material each time a user read an article by clicking through to media websites after conducting an internet search reports The Daily Telegraph  

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On the subject of  France  catch this post something to think about  when users are posting hate Twitter may face legal action over anti-Semitic tweets

Twitter may face legal action over anti-Semitic tweets via @France 24

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Following a wave of anti-Semitic posts on Twitter, anti-racism groups in France say they were looking at all legal options to target the authors of thousands of offensive tweets – and possibly Twitter itself.

By Tony Todd  French anti-racist groups on Tuesday said they were launching wide-ranging legal action following a wave of anti-Semitic posts on microblogging site Twitter.

The move follows an explosion last week in the use of the Twitter hashtag #unbonjuif – meaning “a good Jew” – to spread anti-Semitic jokes online.

By October 10, the hashtag was trending third in France (meaning it was the third most popular tagged subject on the site in the country) and a deluge of offensive posts — as well as tweets decrying the racist tone of many of the comments — continued for days.

And with anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise in France, organisations like SOS Racisme and the French Jewish Students Union (UEJF) said they were determined pursue those that took part through the courts.

“We are taking this extremely seriously,” said SOS Racisme director Guillaume Ayne. “There is a deep-rooted anti-Semitism in France, and there is a very small step between racist words and racist acts.” to read more about this – catch it @ France 24

Twitter prepares curbs on hate speech and introduce new measures to reduce the visibility of “hate speech” or “trolling” on the site. Twitter  management faces a struggle to balance some Twitter users’ desire for anonymity and free speech – such as contributed to the Arab Spring protests .

Talking to the FT this week, Dick Costolo, Twitter’s chief executive, became visibly emotional as he described his fustration in tackling the problem of  “horrifying” abuse while maintaining the company’s mantra that “tweets must flow” – more about this catch Twitter & hate speech @FT