It is a common practice for everyone — except for a thief or bandit — to pay for anything they obtain from a third party. One does not expect to drink a cup of coffee at a wayside stand and walk away without paying.
As I have outlined earlier, there are reasons why Google is trying to delay the passage of legislation to make it the law of the land. Let me not repeat myself.
There are some people who argue that Google and Facebook do not get any benefit from news publications. Pray, where would you get vehicles for carrying ads from the biggest ad agency in the world?
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is not asking for much, just a fair share of what the two digital platforms earn through monetisation of the material generated by Australian journalists and writers. Why is there such a lot of resistance to paying for what one uses?
One has the greatest respect for Labor politician Ed Husic but his arguments — you can read them here — that making Google and Facebook pay a fee will benefit News Corporation does not really cut it.
Husic has expressed reservations over the fact that the ACCC halted talks over a voluntary code and began work on a legally binding plan.
One is unsure why Husic is unable to see Google's long-term plan: to prolong the stoush with the ACCC over the code until the US presidential election, in the hope that current trends hold and the Democrats return to power.
If that happens, then Australia will find it very difficult to do anything to rein in either Google or Facebook.
Everyone loves a free lunch, but the reality is that there is no such thing. Somewhere down the line, someone has to pick up the tab. Companies that are making billions in Australia should stop trying to act like Ebenezer Scrooge.