The Consortium of Journalistic Press Publishers (SEPM), which represents 80 publishers and more than 400 titles, and the American digital giant Google have reached a specific framework agreement on bonuses for neighboring rights, after two years of bitter discussions and complaints before the Board of Directors. Today, Friday, French media reported that the competition authority.

The total amount of the agreement is around 20 million euros per year, and it is part of the French law on neighboring rights, which came into force in September 2019, which obliges digital platforms to reward press publishers for the publication and sharing of their content. .

Google’s Master Agreement with SEPM governs how individual publishers negotiate compensation with Google and includes compensation for rights for the time that has elapsed since this law took effect.

The magazine’s press editors had to file several complaints, including one in 2019 and another in 2020, as well as the Alliance Presse et Information Publique (Apig) and the agency’s press release, before the competition authority, accusing Google of “abuse of a dominant position”. and “non-compliance with its obligations.

Last summer, the French regulator fined Google 500 million euros for failing to negotiate “in good faith” with publishers. Google has since appealed the fine. In early 2022, the only SEPM filed a new referral to the competition authority against the American giant for “non-compliance with the injunctions issued by the authority”.

With the agreement now signed, SEPM is pursuing the creation of the DVP (Droit Voisin de la Presse), the Collective Management Organization (OGC) founded with the National Federation of the Professional Press (FNPS) and the Online Information Service of the Independent Press Syndicate (Spiil), with the support of Sacem.