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Australia is making Google and Facebook pay for news: what difference will the code make? – The Guardian

The government’s legislation to force the tech giants to negotiate with news media companies is being closely watched around the world



The Australian government tabled world-first media legislation in parliament on Wednesday that will force Google and Facebook to negotiate a fair payment with news organisations for using their content in Facebooks newsfeed and Googles search.
The Australian law is separate to a recent deal Facebook made to pay mainstream UK news outlets millions of pounds a year to license their articles, but has a similar motivation. The social network signed the deals as it faces the threat of a government crackdown…

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