France fines Google $593 mln in copyright spat

France has fined Google 500 million euros in the latest twist of a dispute over paying for content.

That's about $593 million.

Officials say the search giant failed to comply with regulator's orders on how to hold talks with French news publishers.

Companies including news agency AFP have accused Google of failing to conduct negotiations in good faith.

The talks were supposed to find common ground on how to pay for news stories online.

Google said it was very disappointed with the new ruling, but would comply.

A spokesperson said the firm had always acted in good faith, and the penalty ignored the reality of how news works on its platforms.

Google now has two months to come up with proposals on how to pay news publishers.

If it fails to do that, it will face fines of up to 900,000 euros per day.

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