Factbox: Where Australia’s landmark news content legislation stands

Factbox: Where Australia’s landmark news content legislation stands

News: Factbox: Where Australia’s landmark news content legislation stands.

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australian lawmakers are expected to hold a final vote on Tuesday on whether to pass laws that would enforce it Facebook and Google from Alphabet Inc to pay for news for content.

The proposed laws are being closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow Australia’s leadership in challenging the dominance of big tech companies in the news content market.


The legislation has already been approved by the House of Representatives, the lower house of Parliament. It has now moved to the Senate, the House of Lords.

Australian Senators began debating the legislation on Monday, with several opposition and independent lawmakers proposing changes. No changes have yet been approved.


The Australian government does not have a majority in the Senate so the legislation could be changed.

If the Senate approves changes, the legislation must return to the House of Commons, where the government holds a majority.

If the Senate doesn’t change the legislation, it will hold two more votes to pass the bill.

The Senate is expected to resume debating the legislation in the early afternoon on Tuesday. It could be quick without changes, but if the debate is prolonged, the final vote could be delayed until early evening.


Should the Senate vote for the law after the third reading, it will have to go to royal promotion to Australia’s governor general before it becomes law, a formality.


Australia is poised to become the first country to introduce regulatory requirements Facebook and Google to pay media companies for news content.

Others are likely to follow. Canada said last week it would pass similar laws proposed by Australia. The UK is also expected to introduce new rules which the government says will “help rebalance the relationship between publishers and online platforms”.

According to French copyright regulations, large TechPlatforms open discussions with publishers in order to receive compensation for the use of news content.

Reporting from Colin Packham; Arrangement by Richard Pullin and Sam Holmes

Original Source © Reuters

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