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Google ‘Open to Mediation’ in France

US internet giant GOOGLE says it is open to the idea of appointing a mediator to help end its bitter row with French news media sites that want to make them pay to display links to their content. Laferriere, an executive in the firm’s French branch said that the government had proposed nominating a mediator and that Google was “open to anybody who can help dialogue between us and editors.” President Francois Hollande in October warned that if necessary the government would introduce a bill to force Internet search engines to pay for media content. Google on the other hand  said it would exclude French media sites from its search results if France were to adopt the bill requiring search engines to pay to link to news websites. Read More

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