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Microsoft sides with media groups, together they urge Europe to follow Australia's lead, make Google, Facebook pay for news article links


Microsoft and four European press industry trade groups on Monday urged the European Union to introduce new laws that would require websites like Google and Facebook to pay publishers for linking to news content on their platforms.

Spurred by the Australian government’s momentum with its News Media Bargaining Code, first proposed last year, Microsoft has sided with publishers.

The Australian code requires internet giants and news publishers to negotiate a price for the right to include links to news. In response, Google threatened to shut down its search operation for the whole of Down Under. Google has since struck deals to pay for content from numerous Australian publishers, plus entered a pact that covers properties owned by billionaire media super-baron Rupert Murdoch in Australia and elsewhere.

While Facebook also pays publishers in its own News program, it last week banned all sharing of news on its antisocial network Down ...


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