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Google’s Adherence to the EU Copyright Directive

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Google’s amenability with the EU is facilitated through external storage that keeps content pristine and out of commercial spaces. Earlier this year, Google extended its licensing agreements with press publication owners under the EU copyright directive. Currently, the company holds licenses for over 2,600 publications of various sizes across 16 countries. To expand its publication network, the search engine firm has been actively engaging with publishers in numerous countries.

In addition, in Germany, Corint Media and Google formed a collecting society that handles the most critical yet necessary rights for several publishers and currently shut down a multi-year interim licensing process agreement that praises a regulation from the Copyright Arbitration Board (CAB) in Germany. The company has been progressing well in the market, and we hope that the company will dig and find a long-term resolution in the future, proceeding with Corint Media.

Furthermore, in France, the company has more than 350 French press publications under a license agreement, which includes an ENP agreement with Société des Droits Voisins de la Presse (DVP). DVP is popularly known as a collecting society that outstrips a wide range of publishers. Notably, to boot with the ENP agreement, Google closed earlier in the year the matter of press publications by members of the Danish Press Publisher’s Collecting Society (DPCMO).

The company is looking for other publisher rights collecting societies in numerous countries and is trying to make things work by negotiating with those collecting societies. Moreover, the company is building a European network by rolling out an online contracting solution to reach regional and local publications. The resolution for finding publications is now accessible in 12 countries across Europe.


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