Google News: France maintains its position after meeting with Eric Schmidt and Francois Hollande
Makes a few days ago , Google announced it was considering excluding French Media the results of their searches if the country passed a law that would force the Mountain View company (and all search engines) to pay the media for publishing sections their news. A measure similar to the one being implemented in Germany and Brazil , where mass removed from Google News.
In this situation, the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, traveled to Paris to meet with French President, Francois Hollande, who sought to convince him to withdraw the bill. At the end of the day, Google had stated that the bill “threatens our very existence.”
But the meeting was not fruitful, as the French president did not back with its action and said the law would be implemented in the country if Google and news media organizations in France did not reach some agreement, hopefully before end of the year-including monetary compensation by the computer giant to French media.
Google would not comment on the position of the French government.
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