Google will pay more than 300 publishers in Germany, France, and four other EU countries for their news.
The deal will also see Google roll out a tool that makes it easier for other publishers to sign up too.
Two-thirds of these groups are German publishers including See Spiegel, Die Zeit, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
The tool offers publishers an extended news preview agreement that allows Google to show snippets and thumbnails for a licensing fee.
The deal follows the adoption of the EU copyright rules three years ago. The copyright rules mandate Google and other online platforms to pay musicians, performers, authors, news publishers, and journalists for using their work.
“So far, we have agreements that cover more than 300 national, local, and specialist news publications in Germany, Hungary, France, Austria, the Netherlands, and Ireland, with many more discussions ongoing. We are now announcing the launch of a new tool to make offers to thousands more news publishers, starting in Germany and Hungary, and rolling out to other EU countries over the coming months,” Sulina Connal, director for news and publishing partnerships, said in a blog post.
The sources for this piece include an article in Reuters.