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And Google settle long pay fight with global news pact

Cecil Davis | 17 February, 2021, 21:54

It would force digital platforms Google and Facebook to negotiate payments with news organisations, with a binding "final offer" arbitration process used if no agreement can be reached.

Last month, Silva told a parliamentary hearing Google would pull its search engine from Australia if the so-called News Media Bargaining Code became law.

According to the bill's explanatory memorandum, digital platforms must give media companies 14 days' notice of algorithm changes "likely to have a significant effect on the referral traffic to. new content".

Meanwhile, Google has started paying select media outlets, including those in the U.K., Australia and Argentina, to display articles on its news app and has set aside $1 billion to cover the program's first three years. It's clear that plenty of other countries are watching this saga play out. "These are good deals for the Australian media businesses", he added.

"What they're doing from a very detailed point of view is of great interest to us", he said.

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Britain announced in December that it will bring in legislation this year to empower its broadcast regulator to oversee new rules imposing a legal duty of care on online platforms, with a focus on protecting children.

Australia on Wednesday said promised laws forcing tech giants to pay media outlets for content had already succeeded after reports that publisher and broadcaster Nine Entertainment agreed on a licensing deal with Google. "Google had talked about leaving Australia". Both Google and Facebook have threatened to quit the Australian market if the law is passed. "Publishers will in one way or another be paid for news". "Going down that route would destroy the business model of any search engine, Google included". However, the publisher says that the arrangement will include "the development of a subscription platform, the sharing of ad revenue via Google's ad technology services, the cultivation of audio journalism and meaningful investments in innovative video journalism by YouTube". The dominant social network blamed Australia's proposed law for its decision, and said the law "fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it".

"The United States should not object to a creative Australian proposal that strengthens democracy by requiring tech companies to support a free press".

Microsoft president Brad Smith, whose company is promoting its Bing search engine as an alternative to Google Search, released a statement on February 11 calling Facebook's and Google's response to the Australian plan "dramatic" and saying the US government should drop its opposition to the proposals. "It should copy it instead", Mr. Smith wrote.