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First off today, Thisbault Larger and Laura Kayali at Politico report that France’s competition watchdog has ordered Google to negotiate “in good fair” with French publishers and other news services about how much they should pay for use of their content.
The ruling follows the passing of the new EU copyright directives last year, which included a provision that requires search engines, such as Google, to pay news agencies for use of headlines, thumbnails and snippets used as part of search results. Google has historically refused to pay for this content, removing services that demand such payment and even going so far as to shut down Google News in Spain when new legislation there attempted to force payment.
This ruling, however, may mean something of a turning point for Google as it forces Google to start paying publishers even though Google previously announced it was no longer going to use snippets below headlines of French stories. This prompted the French wire agency AFP to file the complaint. The agency is still investigating whether Google violated competition rules within the country.
Next up today, Gavin Evans at Complex reports that a pair of Memphis artists have filed a lawsuit against G-Eazy and Juicy J over samples that were allegedly used in the G-Eazy song No Limit.
The lawsuit, filed by DJ Squeeky and Gaylon Love, claim the duo sampled their track Lookin 4 da Chewin when creating No Limit but did so without permission or paying any royalties for the use. No Limit also features ASAP Rocky and Cardi B but the plaintiffs said they are targeting G-Eazy because, ultimately, it is his song.
The lawsuit is extremely similar to another lawsuit filed against other members of the Three 6 Mafia, this one filed by a group of Memphis songwriters. That one, filed in March, targeted DJ Paul and Juicy J is also over allegedly unlicensed samples.
Finally today, Focus Taiwan reports that Taiwan authorities have seized a video streaming site known as 8maple.ru and arrested two people alleged to have operated it.
The site focused on the region and was well known as a place to get access to pirated movies and TV shows. This prompted Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) to open a case against the site, which ultimately resulted in the sizeure of the site itself and the two arrests.
According to the investigation, which was done with the help of the Motion Picture Association, the operators were making as much as NT$2 million ($66,500 USD) per month from the site. The investigation took six months to complete.