PARIS — Google has signed a deal with a group of French publishers, paving the way for the internet giant to make digital copyright payments for online news content. After months of talks, Google France and the Alliance de la Presse d’Information Generale said Thursday that they agreed to set up a framework under which the U.S. company will negotiate individual licensing deals with publishers. Google has already negotiated a few special payment deals with some French news publishers, such as the national daily paper Le Monde and the weekly magazine l’Obs.
Google did not spell out how much money would be paid to the group’s members.
News companies had pushed for the EU copyright reform amid worries that quality journalism is declining as ad revenue gets siphoned off by the digital giants.