Google threatens to disable search in Australia if media law passes

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She said the code's biased arbitration model also posed unmanageable financial and operational risks for Google. The laws force Google to negotiate with publishers but the deals themselves are confidential so we can not find out the details.

Google has been opposing the new law since past year and it believes that the move will undermine the concept of a free and open internet.

If passed, it will force tech companies to pay news outlets for their content or face fines of up to 10 million Australian dollars (7.7 million U.S. dollars), according to AAP.

The ACCC released a draft code in July 2020 allowing news media businesses to bargain individually or collectively with companies such as Google and Facebook over the payment for the inclusion of news on their services. From an advertiser's perspective, why pay for an ad with Rupert Murdoch's the Australian newspaper, the country's largest daily, when you can pay a platform like Facebook or Google that's presenting the news and capturing user eyeballs for a more extended period of time?

The tech giant has maintained that code remains to be "unworkable" since it says that the ability to link freely between websites is fundamental to any search engine.

Google has issued a threat to Australian government over the latter's decision to make the tech giant share royalties with news publishers.

Almost 200 publications have signed deals with the programme, Google said. "And people who want to work with that in Australia are very welcome".

Mel Silva, Managing Director of Google Australia and New Zealand, appeared before a public hearing of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee that is reviewing a proposed new law called the News Media Bargaining Code.

"We don't respond to threats". The knock-on effect could be other countries becoming emboldened to follow the Australian government in passing new, similar laws.

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According to Silva, 95 percent of internet searches in Australia are done through Google.

The mandatory code of conduct proposed by the government aims to make Google and Facebook pay Australian media companies fairly for using news content they siphon from news sites. No one pays to include a hyperlink in an email, and so websites and search engines do not pay to provide links to other websites.

The new law was proposed to address the imbalance between news media businesses and digital platforms.

Google said it is not opposed to paying publishers, but rather is opposed to some of the critical parts of the process such as forced payment.

The proposed News Media Bargaining Code law is now in draft and targets Facebook and Google.

Australia's news industry is struggling.

"If you care about Australians and Australian businesses - why would you make this threat?" she said.

We look forward to responding to your questions.

"The US Government is concerned that an attempt, through legislation, to regulate the competitive positions of specific players ... to the clear detriment of two US firms, may result in harmful outcomes", said the document, submitted to the Australian government by Assistant US Trade Representatives Karl Ehlers and Daniel Bahar.

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