Microsoft partners with EU publishers in the middle of Facebook’s Australian bickering

Microsoft and European media groups on Monday urged EU regulators to require online platforms to seek arbitration in disagreement over how to share revenue with news publishers, a sticking point in the squabble between Facebook and Australia.

Microsoft and publishers have said that the EU’s revised copyright rules in 2019, which require the Alphabet Google unit and other online platforms to sign licensing agreements with musicians, authors and news publishers to use their work, are not sufficient. “This initiative is a logical next step,” said Microsoft Vice President Casper Klynge, adding that the company already shares revenue with publishers through its Microsoft News product.

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Facebook last week it imposed an information ban in Australia in protest against an upcoming law that would require online platforms to reach agreements to pay news organizations for content or agree a price through arbitration. The appeal from Microsoft, the European Magazine Media Association, the European Newspaper Publishers Association, the European Publishers Council and News Media Europe comes as EU lawmakers prepare for talks with the European Commission and EU countries on rules to hold back the US tech giants. “Even if newspaper publishers have a close right, they may not have the financial strength to negotiate fair and balanced deals with these gatekeeper tech companies, who otherwise could threaten to leave. from to trade or completely exit the markets, “they said in a statement.

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News Highlights:

  • “Even if newspaper publishers have a close right, they may not have the financial strength to negotiate fair and balanced deals with these gatekeeper tech companies, who otherwise could threaten to leave. from to trade or completely exit the markets, “they said in a statement.
  • Microsoft partners with EU publishers in the middle of Facebook’s Australian bickering