Google faces a new headache over what, if anything, it should pay for news.
On Thursday (October 8) a French court ruled that the search giant would have to talk to publishers in the country about paying for their content.
And the ruling may reverberate beyond France.
It compels Google to talk to publishers and news agencies over remuneration rights enshrined in revamped EU copyright rules.
They allow publishers to demand a fee from online platforms that show news snippets.
The news is separate from last week’s pledge by Google parent Alphabet.
It’s promised to pay publishers around the world 1 billion dollars over the next three years.
But the French ruling can’t be satisfied with this kind of one-off deal, instead requiring Google to come up with a sustainable system of payments.
It confirms an earlier decision by France’s competition authority, which ordered the search engine to negotiate with publishers and agencies.
It gave Google three months to open talks.
In a statement Thursday, the Silicon Valley firm said it wanted to reach a deal with publishers, and would review the ruling.