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  • Australia passed a world first media law on Thursday designed to force big tech to pay media companies for their content.

  • The reforms are a check on companies like Facebook and Google that could be copied in other countries.

  • The legislation has been watered down after a standoff between the government and Facebook over the past week, including Facebook's drastic move to block all news for Australian users.

  • That decision set off a storm of criticism.

  • Then the social media giant took a U turn and re friended Australia on Tuesday after last minute concessions were made by the government, including ah longer period for tech companies to strike a deal with media before the government intervenes.

  • Treasurer Josh Fried Enberg trumpeted the law's passage as a win for supporting independent journalism, stating quote it was helping to sustain public interest journalism.

  • Facebook have also claimed the media codes last ditch changes as a victory, but not everyone is happy with the amendments.

  • The changes let firms like Facebook and Google off the hook if they make so called significant contribution to Australian media.

  • Some lawmakers and publishers have warned that could unfairly leave smaller media companies out in the cold.

  • For example, a fixed payment from Facebook or Google doesn't lead to more money invested in journalism by major media firms.

  • When it was announced, Google and Facebook fiercely opposed the law.

  • But since then, Google has struck deals with several firms, including Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

  • And This week Australia's national broadcaster, ABC and other TV network said they were in talks with Facebook.

  • Other world leaders have followed the saga closely as countries like Canada and Britain consider similar steps that may loosen big tax grip on news.

Australia passed a world first media law on Thursday designed to force big tech to pay media companies for their content.

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Australia passes media reforms after last-ditch changes

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/26
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