Facebook to restrict sharing or viewing Australian and global news content

The News Corp deal comes after Google agreed to pay €60m million over three years to a group of 121 French news publishers to end a more than year-long copyright spat. For its part, Facebook has said it would remove some news services from its platform if Australia goes ahead with its plan.

Google's Australia CEO Mel Silva stated that the USA company was "proud to support original, trusted, and quality journalism" by featuring Seven on its platform.

Parties are also encouraged to negotiate outside of the code, as has been seen this week with a number of news organisations now in eleventh-hour talks with Google over payment. Reuters is owned by news and information provider Thomson Reuters Corp.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has called negotiations between Google and Australia's biggest publishers "a world first" for rewarding original journalism.

Lawmakers were debating amended legislation to create the code in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Nine would be the second major Australian media company to reach an agreement with Google just as the country's parliament prepares to pass laws giving the government power to set Google's content fees.

"These are fair deals".

"I've had numerous conversations with Australia [and] the Australian regulator that would be responsible [for] the media portion of the conversation", Mr. Guilbeault said. Both Google and Facebook have threatened to quit the Australian market if the law is passed.

Frydenberg denied he had given ground to Zuckerberg and Pichai by agreeing to amend the legislation.

"We have held the line and held it strongly", Frydenberg said. "And the digital giants have been left in no doubt about the. government's resolve".

Mr Murdoch's company has been at war for years with Google and Facebook over links to News Corp's work being shared online without payments to Mr Murdoch's firm.

"Panels on News Showcase display an enhanced view of an article or articles, giving participating publishers more ways to bring important news to readers and explain it in their own voice, along with more direct control of presentation and branding".

Google's recent deals with Nine and Seven West Media give it greater control over the terms, compared with the forced arbitration proposed by Australia.

Nine said in a statement it was having "constructive discussions" with Google and Facebook.

Google announced two weeks ago that it had begun paying seven far smaller Australian websites under News Showcase. Prices have not been revealed. "We never wanted that".

Marcus Strom, president of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the Australian journalists' union, said media companies have a moral obligation to revenue from the digital platforms in news gathering. "We will be pressing the case for transparency on how these funds are spent".

Google is facing pressure from authorities elsewhere to pay for news.



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