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Three Australian independent publishers have signed letters of intent with Facebook, likely to lead to deals for licencing their content to the tech giant. Facebook today announced it has signed letters of intent with three independent Australian publishers: Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media.  Private media publishes Crikey, The

After almost a year of heated discussion about the News Media Bargaining Code, there will shortly be a new law of the land – one that’s unlikely to be applied to the platforms it was intended to reign in. But that’s not to say it hasn’t done its job. With

Australia’s “world first” attempt to reign in tech tycoons has reached pantomime levels. The watered-down version likely to become law this week will do little beyond helping to line the pockets of large commercial publishers who give no guarantees the proceeds will go directly to funding journalism. It is now

Guardian Australia signed a multiyear deal with Google over the weekend to include the title’s articles in the tech giant’s News Showcase product.  The 11th-hour deal comes just days before a Senate debate on the News Media Bargaining Code that caused Facebook to pull news content from Australian users. Google

Is Rupert Murdoch the devil. Yes. Definitely

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp today announced a three year global deal with Google for payments for news content, with the publisher thanking the Australian government for its proposed media laws for spurring negotiations. Google will make “significant payments” to News Corp to include the publisher’s article’s in the News Showcase

Google will pay Nine $30 million dollars annually for the use of its news content, the publisher’s mastheads reported today. The deal comes as legislation for the government’s arbitration process between tech giants and Australian publishers in the absence of such deals is being debated in parliament. On Wednesday the

Seven West Media today said it has struck a deal with Google for use of the publisher’s news content in the tech giant’s news service, Showcase. The announcement comes as the Australian government reportedly considers more late concessions to Google and Facebook in its world first media laws. Google launched

Microsoft today called on the Biden administration to “copy” Australia’s proposal for forcing Google and Facebook to pay news publishers for content that appears on their platforms, describing the approach as one “cure” to funding journalism and protecting democracy. The tech giant last week waded into the local debate by

Google today launched its News Showcase product in Austalia, its proposed alternative to the News Media Bargaining Code and part of its global initiative to pay publishers for news content. Google last year put News Showcase on “pause” in Australia because of the code, but has been under pressure to

Over the past few weeks, Google and Facebook have engaged in desperate attempts to avoid regulation under the Australian government’s proposed mandatoryNews Media Bargaining Code. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg even appealed to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher personally last week, hoping to shift the government’s hard