Google is in talks with publishers to pay a licensing fee for its content and then integrate it into a paid news product, people familiar with the matter said today. Reported that the current negotiations are still in the early stages, it is not possible to determine whether a final agreement will be reached. Google is currently in talks with publishers outside the U.S., including those in France and other European countries, people familiar with the matter said.
For years, publishers, including news organizations, have been at odds with content aggregators such as Google News and Facebook because they have helped Google and Facebook catch the eye, but publishers have not been compensated.
In fact, before Google, Facebook had pioneered co-publishers and launched its own news service. At the end of October, Facebook announced a new “Facebook News” service to show users personalized news stories.
Facebook news outlets are understood to include News Corp’s Wall Street Journal, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post, and USA Today, Buzzfeed and Business Insider.