Re: Just goes to show how out of touch our politicians are
> If people are copying and pasting material that is a different matter but AIUI it's about links
It's not really about the links, but about the rich snippet that gets displayed alongside it on FB/Google News.
Which is a bit more nuanced topic.
It's quite a nuanced debate really, and neither side is really in the right here.
Australia's implementation is completely ham-fisted, but there is actually a valid point underneath - the way in which GN/FB have been displaying news has led to a loss of revenue for the papers, revenue which ultimately should fund research of future news stories (the fact it lines Murdochs pockets is a separate issue).
Facebook, from what I can tell, have been deliberately difficult in implementation. It looks a lot like they've gone "we'll fucking show them" and interpreted the rules as broadly as possible, knowing the blocking would cause uproar, and assumed the politicians get the blame. But, instead, they've blown their own balls off.
Ultimately though, the bread and butter of it is that FB are profiting (directly or otherwise) from displaying locally generated news content, at the cost of depriving the sources of that content of revenue.
Going back to the monopoly thing, if there's any hope of some upstart news outfit breaking Murdoch's grip, it's almost certainly extinguished if you allow the market to hit conditions where it's just not commercially viable to operate. After all, Murdoch can afford to operate in that kind of environment (making his money back through other ventures that benefit from slanted news).