Canada unveils law requiring digital giants to pay for news

Billions of dollars in advertising revenues that once fed newsrooms across Canada now go mostly to two companies: Facebook and Google, says Canada's heritage minister. – EPA pic, April 5, 2022.

THE Canadian government unveiled legislation yesterday that would require global digital giants to pay for local news content, in step with a landmark law passed by Australia last year.

The Online News Act, which is expected to be passed into law by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government with backing from a small leftist faction, comes after more than 450 news outlets closed in Canada since 2008 as digital platforms took over the space.

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