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Facebook, Google face regulatory challenges as media companies demand payment for content
07 August 2020 00:00
With the clash between media publishers and online platforms Facebook and Google over the use of news content now playing out across the world, governments and regulators in different jurisdictions are grappling with how best to regulate the relationship. In some European jurisdictions, moves are underway to use copyright laws to force the platforms to cough up cash to compensate media companies. In Australia, however, the clash between the platforms and newspapers is being seen through the prism of competition law, with a proposed code of conduct likely to force the tech giants to compensate content producers. Despite the apparent differences of approach, there are many parallels between the two regulatory models.
10 July 2020 14:21 by Nicholas HirstGoogle’s appeal of a French injunction to negotiate with press publishers is a sharp judicial test for the French competition authority’s bold use of interim measures.
31 July 2020 14:00 by Laurel HenningWhen Australian senior antitrust official fronted an online media scrum in Sydney, his message to the world’s digital platforms was simple: it’s time to grow up.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Laurel Henning Senior Correspondent
Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and... Read more