The Australian government passed new legislation to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content.
Josh Frydenberg, the deputy leader of the Australian Liberal Party, tweeted that “this legislation will help level the playing field and allow Australian media companies to pay to generate original content.”
The Australian government passed the final amendments to the law after backlash from both tech giants, which have backed down in response to the law.
Facebook had temporarily blocked users from sharing news content and only lifted the block once the Australian government agreed to make some changes to the law. On the other hand, Google pushed back plans to withdraw its search engine in Australia in response to the law and has instead made deals to compensate publishers for the news.
Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has pledged to make Facebook pay for news content and said the government had several approaches it could take to do so.
The Canadian government may choose to follow the Australian model, which requires tech giants to form agreements to pay media outlets for links that generate activity on their services.
The government could also follow the French government, which requires big tech platforms to start talks with publishers seeking remuneration for the use of news content.
Guilbeault has said that he spoke with his Australian, French, German and Finnish counterparts about how to work together on the matter. He noted that a joint approach could help ensure fair compensation for news content.
Source: The Associated Press