Canada may soon echo Australia in making internet companies pay news publishers to use their content. CBC News reports Canada’s ruling Liberal Party has introduced legislation taking that Facebook, Google and other online companies compensate news outlets for either reproducing or easing access to content. The money would help foster the“sustainability“of Canadian news, according to the government.
Companies that do not pay publishers would be subject to binding arbitration led by Canada’s telecom regulator, the Canadian Radio- TV and Telecommunications Commission. The CRTC will also decide which news sources qualify for compensation.
Officials saw this as a matter of necessity. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez claimed the news assiduity was“in extremity“and that publishers could not lean on announcement earnings like they had in the past. This simply addressed a” market imbalance,“he said.
We have asked Google and Facebook parent Meta for remark. In the past, they have maintained that publishers served from the business driven to their websites through quest results and social media posts. They have also hovered to disable services rather than pay publishers, although Google eventually caved in Australia and struck deals to avoid an arbitration battle. In a statement to CBC News, Google said it was” precisely reviewing“the legislation and” completely support (ed)” access to news.
The legislation may well pass. Although the Liberals do not have a majority in Canada’s House of Commons, they lately reached an agreement with the New Democratic Party to advance bills reflecting participated interests. Whether or not it works as promised is another concern. As University of Ottawa internet exploration president Michael Geist advised, there is a concern that the CRTC’s part will lead to just a” handful“of major companies benefiting at the cost of loweroutfits.However, it might not help farther damage to the country’s news industry, If so.