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Google appeals French 500 million eur copyright fine

by Wanda Rich
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PARIS (Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google said on Wednesday it was appealing a “disproportionate” 500 million euro ($591 million) fine imposed by France’s antitrust watchdog in July for the way in which it handled discussions with French news publishers in a copyright row.

The head of Google France, Sebastien Missoffe, said in a statement that the group disagreed with the size of the fine and some of the legal arguments.

The watchdog had imposed the sanction on Google for failing to comply with its orders on how to conduct the talks with publishers.

($1 = 0.8465 euros)

(Reporting by Sarah White, Editing by Louise Heavens)