Microsoft pushes for publisher payments through European law
More major legislation could be on the way that affects how publishers work with Google and Facebook.
What you need to know
- Microsoft and Europe's press publishers have jointly called for Australian-style arbitration to help publishers get paid.
- The goal of Microsoft and the press publishers is to ensure that publishers get paid when their content is used by "gatekeepers that have dominant market power."
- A similar push is occurring in Australia at the moment.
Microsoft continues its efforts to push for the payment of publishers. Today, Microsoft and Europe's press publishers jointly called for an "Australian-style arbitration mechanism in Europe to ensure tech gatekeepers remunerate press publishers fairly for use of content." This push from Microsoft and publishers aims to ensure that publishers of content are paid when content is used by websites like Facebook and Google.
The press release refers to "gatekeepers that have dominant market power" using content. In practice, this refers to organizations with a large footprint and market share, such as Facebook and Google. The release states:
The release calls for further regulatory measures through existing frameworks such as the Digital Markets Act, Digital Services Act, and other laws.
Fernando de Yarza, president of News Media Europe says:
Microsoft has been vocal in its support of the Australia proposal that many countries are looking to imitate. In fact, Microsoft president Brad Smith called on the US to copy the proposal.
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