The Bull: French media launch copyright case against Google. “French media organisations lodged a complaint against Google to the country’s competition authority Wednesday over the US internet giant’s refusal to pay for displaying their content. The move sets up a legal fight with Google over a new EU copyright law that could have huge repercussions for the future of the press.”
New York Times: French Government Seeks to Comb Social Media to Fight Tax Fraud. “France’s government is seeking to give the authorities the power to trawl social media for signs of tax avoidance and fraud, according to a provision of the budget 2020 draft law that is being debated in parliament.” French officials have already used Google Maps to find swimming pool tax cheats so this shouldn’t shock anybody.
Engadget: Google used photogrammetry to create a detailed VR tour of Versailles. “If you don’t own a Vive or Rift headset (it’s only available on those two platforms for now), Google has also unveiled an online exhibition featuring over 390 assets, including objects, artifacts and paintings. You can go on a private tour of six of the Palace’s most famous rooms, with accompanying audio from historical experts.”
Politico: Google refuses to pay publishers in France. “Google will not pay press publishers in France to display their content and will instead change the way articles appear in search results, a senior executive said on Wednesday.”
Reuters: Macron says France and U.S. reached digital tax deal. “France and the United States have reached a deal to end a standoff over a French tax on big internet companies, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.”
Reuters: Google, Facebook, Amazon to testify in U.S. against French digital tax. “Alphabet’s Google unit, Facebook and Amazon.com are among the companies that will testify Monday at a U.S. government hearing on the French government’s digital services tax.”
The Guardian: France online hate speech law to force social media sites to act quickly. “French MPs have passed a landmark law to fight online hate speech that will oblige social media networks to remove offending content within 24 hours and create a new button to enable users to flag abuse.”