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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.
Google’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.
When 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.