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News Media Europe reaction to Google’s licensing programme for news

Press releases , June 26, 2020


-Brussels, 26 June 2020-

Google announced yesterday that it will launch later this year “a licensing programme to support the news industry”. The programme “will start with publishers in a number of countries around the globe, with more to come soon”.

While details of the programme remain unclear for now, News Media Europe welcomes the recognition of the value of press content.  However, it should be noted that the European Copyright Directive, which is currently being implemented in the Member States, will provide a framework for the licensing of press content and will therefore be binding going forward.

Wout van Wijk, Executive Director of News Media Europe, reacted: “We understand that publishers want to secure agreements, but it should not be an opportunity for platforms to start a race to the bottom. Google’s strategy to conclude deals with individual publishers puts them in a position to play news brands out against each other”.

About News Media Europe

News Media Europe (NME) represents the progressive news media industry in Europe – over 2500 European news brands in print or online, and also on radio and TV. NME is committed to maintaining and promoting the freedom of the press, to upholding and enhancing the freedom to publish, and to championing the news brands which are one of the most vital parts of Europe’s creative industries.

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Wout van Wijk,