In February, as the Australian government prepared to introduce a link tax, Facebook blocked all news from its Australian platform. The new legislation, lobbied for by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and other big media organizations, would have forced Facebook and Google to pay them each time their content is shared online. Facebook’s strong-arm tactic forced the government to amend the legislation, potentially exempting Facebook altogether if it cuts its own deals with news organizations. In return, Facebook reversed the news ban. Everyone seems happy now…except for smaller independent publishers who are still not sure exactly how they fit into this picture.
The Canadian government is also talking about imposing a link tax, as well as other plans to regulate online media that go well beyond Australia’s contentious legislation.
And he speaks with Michael Geist, Internet law professor at the University of Ottawa, about the Canadian policy measures up for discussion and what they might mean for us.
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