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Google Threatens to Leave Australia in Dispute over Payments to News Outlets

Added 01-22-21 03:04:02pm EST - “Australian media outlets have complained that revenues have dropped over the past decade because advertisers have moved from newspapers to tech platforms.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Google Threatens to Leave Australia in Dispute over Payments to News Outlets | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Google threatened on Friday to remove its search engine from Australia entirely, in an escalating dispute over a government-backed proposal to force Big Tech companies to pay local media outlets for news content.

Australian media outlets have complained that revenues have dropped over the past decade because advertisers have moved from newspapers to publishing on Google, Facebook, and other tech platforms. The government’s proposed legislation would force those tech companies to pay news outlets for content, granting an independent body the power to arbitrate disputes between the two.

Among the legislation’s supporters is News Corp Australia, part of Australia-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s conglomerate News Corporation.

“If the Code becomes law, Google would have no real choice but to stop providing Search in Australia,” Google’s local managing editor Mel Silva told the Australian Senate. “That’s a worst-case scenario and the last thing we want to have happen — especially when there is a way forward to a workable Code that allows us to support Australian journalism without breaking Search.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison criticized Silva’s comments, saying the government would not bow to threats from the company.

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