The EU red tape generation machine has become so entangle that most of the EU's latest internet laws are simply impossible to comply with.
The latest example is that search engines are nominally forced to negotiate with newspapers to agree a charge to
pay for links to newspaper websites. However it now appears that French law means that newspapers can ask ask any price they like and the French authorities will fine search engines that don't agree the price. Google has been hit with a euro 500m
(£427m) fine by France's competition authority for failing to negotiate in good faith with news organisations over the use of their content.
In 2019, France became the first EU country to transpose the EU's disgraceful new Digital Copyright Directive
into law. The law governed so-called neighbouring rights which are designed to compensate publishers and news agencies for the use of their material.
As a result, Google decided it would not show content from EU publishers in France, on services
like search and news, unless publishers agreed to let them do so free of charge.
News organisations felt this was an abuse of Google's market power, and two organisations representing press publishers and Agence France-Presse (AFP) complained to
the competition authority.
Google told the BBC: We are very disappointed with this decision - we have acted in good faith throughout the entire process. The new ruling means that within the next two months Google must come up with proposals
explaining how it will recompense companies for the use of their news. Should this fail to happen the company could face additional fines of euro 900,000 per day.