Following the footsteps of Australia and some European countries, Canada passed a new act called 'Online News Act' to ensure revenue sharing among internet giants like Google and Facebook and online news media platforms.
"Digital platforms have come to play an integral role in Canada’s news ecosystem, shifting the way Canadians access news content that is vital to democracy. They can play an important role in supporting the production of trusted news and information," Canada said in the act.
The benefits of the act:
- ensures fair revenue sharing between digital platforms and news outlets
- provides for collective bargaining by news outlets
- promotes voluntary commercial agreements between digital platforms and news outlets, with minimal government intervention
- as a last resort, establishes a mandatory arbitration framework where digital platforms and news outlets cannot reach commercial agreements
- defines the role and tools of the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as the regulator
Similarly, Indian organisation Digital News Publishers Association has approached the Competition Commission against Google. The law may strengthen the move of DNPA.