The tech giant has signed deals with media outlets in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland and said it is also in talks with others.
Google said on Wednesday it has signed license agreements with 300 news publishers in Europe in its latest effort to comply with a recently introduced European Union copyright law.
The tech giant signed the deals with national, local and specialist news publications in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Ireland and said talks with many others are ongoing.
He did not reveal how much he is paying or give the names of the media outlets.
Countries in the European Union have adopted as local law a 2019 EU directive that gives publishers additional rights over their content.
The new law allows search engines like Google to link to and use snippets of news content, while giving publishers new rights when using extended previews online.
However, it doesn’t specify where the line lies between the two. The settlements aim to avoid costly and lengthy lawsuits over that distinction.
Google last year announced copyright deals with several major German publications and a group of French news publishers.
The company also said it is rolling out a new tool to offer license deals to thousands of other European publishers, starting in Germany and Hungary.
The tool’s license offers “are based on consistent criteria that respect existing copyright law and guidance, including how often a news website is displayed and how much ad revenue is generated on pages that also show previews of news content”, Sulina Connal, director of Google. news and publishing associations, he said in a blog post.