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Google concerned about Canada’s ‘online news law’

Google says it’s worried about Canada’s online news law because it can affect the search experience, Citizen of Ottawa reports.

Revenue sharing with news publishers has become a controversial topic for Google. The company had already had similar cases in France and Australia. However, he could reach an agreement with the publishers. Now the Canadian government has proposed Bill C-18 to force Google to share its revenue with news publishers. Google is asking the Liberal government to change certain sections of the bill.

Under the new rules, Google would have to pay publishers for links to their content. However, Google says this contradicts the basics of how the internet works and sets a bad precedent. Google also says the bill includes publishers who don’t necessarily produce original reports. This way, the business has to pay for non-authoritative news content.

Google spokeswoman Lauren Skelly said the company has “serious concerns about some unintended consequences that the proposed online news law will have on news in Canada and the search experience that Canadians know and in which they trust”.

Additionally, Skelly hopes they can come to an agreement with the Canadian government. Additionally, they hope to “work constructively with the government to achieve their goals without compromising the ability of Canadians to find and share news online.”

New bill targets Google and Meta

Google and Meta now collect 80% of digital advertising revenue in Canada. Bill C-18 seeks to force these big tech companies to share some of their huge revenues with publishers.

Canadian publishers also lambasted Google for demanding changes to the bill. Paul Deegan, CEO of News Media Canada, said Google’s argument is “pure interpretation.” Deegan added that the purpose of the bill is “to bring parties to the table to negotiate content licensing agreements.”

What is happening to Google today in Canada is similar to the Australian bill. Google initially threatened to exit the Australian market following the new bill. But after the law changed, the company agreed to sign contracts with Australian publishers. Under Bill C-18, only companies that have met government standards in their dealings are exempt from the new compensation regime.

Google believes that the language used in legislation needs to change. In response, Deegan said it was fine if other parties wanted to come up with new language and they expected the bill to move through the legislative process quickly.

A spokesperson for the Department of Canadian Heritage said it had received Google’s comments and will schedule a meeting on Thursday. “Platforms like Facebook and Google profit from the presence of links to news sites on their platforms. The Online News Act requires platforms to negotiate all the ways in which they make news content available .” The spokesperson said in a statement.