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US bill strengthens digital news publishers’ right to revenue sharing with big tech

A revised version of the bill was tabled by bipartisan U.S. senators on Wednesday that strengthens the position of digital news publishers to negotiate with Big Tech companies over revenue sharing that involves the use of their content.

A revised version of the bill was tabled by bipartisan U.S. senators on Wednesday that strengthens the position of digital news publishers to negotiate with Big Tech companies over revenue sharing that involves the use of their content.

Bipartisan senators in the United States on Wednesday introduced a revised version of a bill that would make it easier for digital news publishers to negotiate with Big Tech companies (such as Google and Meta) over the use of their content. on the respective platforms of the former. According to the news agency ReutersThe Bill entitled ‘The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act’ seeks to remove ‘legal impediments to the ability of news organizations to bargain collectively and obtain fair terms from oversight platforms that regularly access information content without paying for its value”.

The Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA), a collaborative forum of the digital branches of Indian media organisations, called it a “major punch”. “It’s a big step in the right direction. This justifies our position here in India as we strive to make Big Tech more transparent, inclusive and accommodating in terms of revenue sharing. Earlier this year, the forum complained to the Competition Council of India (CCI), which led to an investigation into allegations of Google malfeasance in revenue sharing with digital news entities .

As reported by Reutersan older version of the bill was introduced in March 2021. It has, however, encountered opposition from industry groups based on NetChoice technology and the computer and communications industry, whose participants include Meta and Alphabet ( Google’s parent company).

If allowed, the United States would follow similar legislation that has been passed in the European Union (EU), Canada and Australia.

The development is gaining prominence here because it corresponds to when tech companies would testify before a parliamentary panel about anti-competitive practices. Former Union Minister Jayant Sinha is expected to chair the arrangement which would involve companies including Google, Microsoft and Netflix, among others. This follows the Union Government’s recent focus on freeing the internet from market distorting practices. It was reported that the Department of IT is also looking closely at related legislation in around 20 countries, including the recently enacted Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) in the EU. .

Additionally, as part of a larger initiative, the IT Department is set to release the inaugural version of a quarterly audit of social media platforms on September 30.