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The Canadian government this week introduced a law bill that would force the likes of Google and Facebook to pay Canadian news publishers for using their articles online. The Online News Act was created to address what Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez described as a crisis in the country's media sector that has …

  1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge
    Coat

    The Canadian government this week introduced a law bill that would force the likes of Google and Facebook to pay Canadian news publishers Murdoch for using their articles online

    TFTFY

  2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

    The other way for Gooface to fight this:

    Set up their own news services that create original content instead of paraphrasing other peoples'. It will cost money but they can afford it and they get to pay themselves instead of others for news. The model has worked elsewhere: Pixar decided creating their own films was a more reliable business than hoping to be hired by others. The streaming video services worked out that creating their own content was a better option than relying licenses from existing rights holders. As a bonus Gooface would get to decide what is and isn't news and from what angle to present the news they select. They seriously need to hire some competent staff in their "Let's be even more evil" departments.

    1. Shuki26

      Re: The other way for Gooface to fight this:

      That is indeed the logical and natural response from big tech. Create news orgs (which pay It salaries to big news talents) to further cause more legacy media to close up shop before anyone notices or lawmakers can react and by then less competition to worry about.

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Reactions to the bill from the tech companies concerned"

    . . have been carefully tailored to make sure the company looks good to the public while planning on pulling the teeth out of this bill right down to the bone.

    But surreptiously.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Who gets to choose which newspapers?

    I always wondered - how do they choose who deserves the money?

    There are a lot of orgs that could be described as news sources. What's stopping the Government favouring particular outlets?

    1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge
      Childcatcher

      Re: Who gets to choose which newspapers?

      Those would be the ones Sockboy gave huge "investments" to report his desired version of the news.

    2. Steve Button Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Who gets to choose which newspapers?

      It's a good point. Does even a blog like this one get a slice of the money?

    3. schultzter

      Re: Who gets to choose which newspapers?

      I believe they had some pencilled in some basic criteria, like minimum staff size and regular publication and minimum scope (i.e.: a company's press releases did not qualify as news but two guys blogging about community events could qualify).

  5. schultzter

    Which lesson were learned from the past?

    The Australian law was great for the politicians, it let them claim a David v. Goliath victory over US mega-corps, regardless of the actual results.

    So did the Canadian politicians learn that they can win a few votes by appearing to wrangle some foreign tech companies into submission?

    Or did they learn that the law needs to ensure Facebook doesn't become the gatekeeper of what news is shared; and Google has to support actual journalism and journalists - not just shareholders; and the definition of news outlet needs to be objective and subject to oversight?

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