Google Fight Back Hard on Australia’s Proposed Media Operators Fee

Google said on the 22nd (Friday) that if the Australian government forces us and Facebook to pay local media players for sharing content, it will suspend Australia’s online search function.

Australia is about to legislate to require technology giants and local media players to negotiate a news sharing payment mechanism. If the two parties cannot reach an agreement, the government will assign an arbitrator to determine the price.

Mel Silva, vice president of Google Australia and New Zealand, told the Australian Senate Economic Law Committee on Friday, “If this version of the provisions is legislated, we will have no choice but to stop the Google search service in Australia.”

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