Google has said it will make a slight adjustment to how it features news reports in France, but will not pay license fees to publishers when the country applies new EU copyright rules.
The US technology giant said on Wednesday it would stop showing excerpts from the text or news reports thumbnail from European publishers seen in France.
The change will take effect in late October, when a new French law comes into force following EU directives to modernize copyright rules.
One of the most controversial parts of the EU directive was the requirement that search engines pay for excerpts from news reports.
Failure to show excerpts from the reports means Google can avoid paying publishers a fee, unless you get permission to view it for free.