Archive for Digital Updates – February

Australia Passes Bargaining Code
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Australia Passes Bargaining Code

On February 25, both houses of the Australian Parliament passed the News Media Bargaining Code. It passed with several last-minute amendments that include more negotiation time before ... Read More
Microsoft Joins Coalition to Compensate News Publishers
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Microsoft Joins Coalition to Compensate News Publishers

On February 22, Microsoft announced that it would join forces with European publishers to have platforms pay for news content throughout Europe. They plan to model ... Read More
Microsoft Joins Coalition to Tackle Misinformation
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Microsoft Joins Coalition to Tackle Misinformation

On February 22, Microsoft announced that it would join forces with tech and media companies to form a coalition aimed at addressing disinformation and “developing technical standards ... Read More
Facebook Strikes Deal, Will Reinstate News in Australia
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Facebook Strikes Deal, Will Reinstate News in Australia

On February 22, Facebook announced it had reached an agreement with the Australian government to keep news on its platform. The announcement appeared as an ... Read More
Facebook Blocks Australian News
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Facebook Blocks Australian News

On February 17, Facebook announced it would prevent users and publishers from “sharing or viewing Australian and international news content.” This means Australian news publishers ... Read More
European Union Moves Closer to Adopting the ePrivacy Regulation
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European Union Moves Closer to Adopting the ePrivacy Regulation

On February 10, the European Union took a decisive step towards adopting the proposed ePrivacy Regulation as the European Council reached a compromise on its ... Read More
Maryland Exempts News Publishers from Ad Tax
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Maryland Exempts News Publishers from Ad Tax

On February 5, Maryland Senate President William Ferguson introduced a bill that would exempt news publishers from Maryland’s digital advertising tax. The legislation also prohibits the taxable ... Read More
Google Launches News Showcase in Australia
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Google Launches News Showcase in Australia

On February 4, Google announced it was launching its News Showcase in Australia. If publishers agree to Google’s terms, Google will pay them for including their content ... Read More
Canadian Publishers Urge Parliament to Preserve Press
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Canadian Publishers Urge Parliament to Preserve Press

On February 3, News Media Canada released a letter to all Members of Parliament, urging them to prepare legislation to compensate news publishers for their ... Read More
Microsoft Supports Australia’s Code
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Microsoft Supports Australia’s Code

On February 3, Microsoft released a statement fully supporting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and ... Read More
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