Google appeals $600 mil. France fine in news row

Google officials are appealing a fine by French authorities over the use of news content on their websites. They say the penalty of 500 million euros, or nearly 600 million dollars, doesn't reflect their efforts to compensate the original publishers.

The officials say they're trying to work out an agreement with news organizations that will satisfy a new French law.

The legislation took effect in 2019. It requires tech firms to pay for news content they run on their platforms.

French regulators last year ordered Google to negotiate a suitable compensation with news agencies.

The anti-trust watchdog eventually ruled that Google wasn't acting in good faith and issued the fine.

Google officials say the penalty is mainly based on negotiations that took place before the end of last September. They say the talks have progressed since then.

The tussle comes amid growing international pressure on tech companies to share the revenue they make from using local media content.

Australia is another country that has enacted laws forcing the firms to negotiate fair payment.