Canadian Regulators Keep the Pressure on Internet Giants

Canadian regulator to establish framework for negotiations between news organisations and internet giants.
31 August 2023
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Canada's regulator, responsible for implementing the country's online news law will initiate mandatory bargaining between news organisations and internet giants in early 2025. 

The Online News Act, which requires tech firms like Google and Facebook to pay for news, will come into effect soon. Both companies have expressed concerns about the law, with Meta already discontinuing news sharing on its platforms and Google planning to block news from search results in Canada. 

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will oversee negotiations and will hold a public consultation in autumn. Independent arbitrators will be recruited next year. 

The framework and code of conduct for the law will be published in the summer of 2024, allowing mandatory bargaining to begin by early 2025.

- CyberBeat


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