Search company Google has reiterated its objection to the proposed Australian mandatory news media code, repeating that it would put on hold any plans to implement its so-called news showcase in Australia until the matter of the code is resolved.
Google's bid to mollify publishers in France by offering to strike a deal to pay them for their news has been upstaged by an appeals court ordering the search company to open talks with publishers to use their content.
Google has held out a nice, juicy carrot overnight, hoping that Australia will bite and agree to the terms that it wants for the media code that is being negotiated with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Canada has dropped a hint that it may be next in line to create a media code for digital platforms, with the Liberal Government making mention of this in the annual throne speech delivered by the governor-general.
Google has come out of the blocks firing early in the week, with the company's Australia and New Zealand managing director Melanie Silva penning another op-ed for that friend of commercial entities, the Australian Financial Review, trying to again argue the case for the company not to be tied down by a mandatory code that governs payments to news publishers in this country.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has described Facebook's threat to prevent Australians from sharing local and international news on the site if the ACCC's draft code on news sharing become law as "ill-timed and misconceived".
Social media giant Facebook has threatened to stop allowing Australian residents and publishers from sharing local and international news on the site if the ACCC's draft code on news sharing becomes law.
The Australian media code of conduct calls for digital platforms to pay for the use of news content produced by media. Why is it so difficult for people to comprehend this?
Google is trying its best to prolong its stoush with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over a code for sharing revenue with news organisations until the US presidential election, in the hope that current polls hold and the Democrats return to power.
For once, both Google and Facebook have been neatly shafted by the man who holds the country's purse strings: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
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