The Australian government will send a bill to Parliament next week on a new code of conduct that requires Facebook and Google to pay for links to news articles.
Australia will be the first country in the world where this is the case. Initially, the legislation only applied to Facebook News Feed and Google Search.
“Parliament will consider the bill in the week that starts on February 15th,” said Josh Friedenberg, Australian Treasury Minister. And if the proposal also enjoys the support of the opposition, the law is according to Google. “it is not practicalStill in effect this month.
The fact that the action regarding the new law is moving so fast is partly due to the fact that the Senate committee that studied the proposal has no further recommendations.
Google and Facebook were unable to respond to the news immediately. The companies have put a lot of pressure on Friedenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in recent months hoping they will step down.
Google tried to show the bill was unnecessary
Google launched a news platform in Australia last month that pays for news. Before that, Google independently shut down Deals With publishers. The company was hoping to be able to prove the invoice was unnecessary.
In January, Google and French publishers agreed on one Regulation In which Google pays news media for the right to submit an online copy. It was the first deal of its kind in Europe.