The Federal Government is likely to give Google and Facebook a major concession before it puts its news media code legislation up for a vote, with a clause that says the two companies do not have to cut deals with publishers under the law if they can convince them to sign up to their news products.
Microsoft would support the implementation of a law similar to the Australian news media code in other countries, including the US, the company's president, Brad Smith, says.
A Senate committee that has held public hearings into the Federal Government's news media code is unlikely to propose any changes to the bill before it.
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