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Google Hit With $796m Fine For Ignoring Copyright Orders

France’s competition authority has hit Google with a massive $US593m finer ($AUD796m) for ignoring orders to broker paid deals with news publishers to use snippers of their content in search results.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google simply ignored the European Union copyright directive in some cases, despite reaching paid deals with some publishers, such as Le Monde and Le Figaro.

“When the Authority imposes orders on companies, they are required to apply them scrupulously, respecting their letter and spirit. In this instance, unfortunately, that was not the case,” Isabelle de Silva, head of the competition authority, said.

“We are very disappointed with this decision,” said a spokesperson from Google.

“We have acted in good faith throughout the entire process. The fine ignores our efforts to reach an agreement, and the reality of how news works on our platforms.”

Nevertheless, Google claims it wants to hammer out “a definitive agreement. We will take the French Competition Authority’s feedback into consideration and adapt our offers.”

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