Safe Harbor Resource Center

Welcome to the Safe Harbor Resource Center.

Click on the links below to access resources and materials related to the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA), also known as the Safe Harbor Bill, which would allow news publishers to collectively negotiate with the tech platforms for fair compensation for use of their content:

Support the JCPA      Safe Harbor Bills    News   Bill Co-Sponsors
Why We Need the JCPA     Alliance White Paper     Safe Harbor Op-Ed
Hearings      Videos     #SafeHarbor4News Ads    Social Media Support
Press Releases & Statements    Latest Articles

Save Local News - Support the JCPA:

Show your support and help preserve trustworthy quality journalism in America.

Click below to sign our Change.org petition to encourage Congress to pass the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act, a bipartisan bill that that would help ensure news publishers receive fair compensation from Google and Facebook for use of their original content.

Safe Harbor Bills:

Safe Harbor Bill Co-Sponsors Needed:

Click below to be taken to our Voter Voice campaign, where you can complete a short form that will send a letter to your member of Congress encouraging them to co-sponsor the Safe Harbor bill.

Why We Need the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act:

Alliance White Paper

White Paper: “How Google Abuses Its Position as a Market Dominant Platform to Strong-Arm News Publishers and Hurt Journalism”

The White Paper is based on more than a year of interviews and consultations with many Alliance members about their experiences with Google products. It outlines several of the ways in which Google uses news content to its advantage across its products and services. 

Alliance Safe Harbor Op-Ed:

Support from members’ constituent publishers will help build momentum for the legislation. Click the button below to download and run our editorial on the importance of the JCPA for sustaining the future of journalism.*

* Note: If you would like to run it as an op-ed, please list the author as David Chavern, President & CEO, News Media Alliance. Please click here to download his head shot.

Hearings:

Saving the Free and Diverse Press (March 12, 2021)

Written testimony of News Media Alliance President & CEO, David Chavern

Statement of the Record of Maribel Perez Wadsworth, President of News, Gannett Media
and Publisher, USA TODAY

House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Online Platforms & Market Power (June 10, 2019):

#SafeHarbor4News Ads:

The News Media Alliance has developed print and digital ads to encourage readers to contact their member(s) of Congress and ask them to support the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act. Download and run the print and digital ads. 

Alliance Safe Harbor Press Releases & Statements:

Share Social Media Support for the #SafeHarbor4News:

Share your support for the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act — and ask your Member of Congress to do the same — by tweeting at them with one of our pre-written tweets. You can add some visual appeal by using one of our #SafeHarbor4News social graphics, too.

Click to see full-size images. 

Videos:

Click the button below to view the #SafeHarbor4News Videos. Scroll down to view more videos, including from our testimony at the House Antitrust Subcommittee Hearing, “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 1: : The Free and Diverse Press,” on June 11, 2019, in which News Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern testified on the need for a Safe Harbor for news publishers.

News:

Cook County News Herald editorial, “Back the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act” (Apr. 16, 2021)

Please contact your federal elected officials and ask that they sponsor this legislation. Click the button below to contact your Member of Congress and tell them to support a one-time safe harbor for news publishers.

Show your support for the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act by adding yourself to our list of supporting organizations and individuals.

Bill Co-Sponsors:

House Bill (H.R. 1735):

David Cicilline (D-RI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law – Sponsor

Ranking Member
Ken Buck (R-CO) – Sponsor

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) –
Co-Sponsor

Vern Buchanan (R-FL) –
Co-Sponsor

Jim Cooper (D-TN) –
Co-Sponsor

Joe Courtney (D-CT) –
Co-Sponsor

Madeleine Dean (D-PA) –
Co-Sponsor

Antonio Delgado (D-NY) –
Co-Sponsor

Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) –
Co-Sponsor

Theodore Deutch (D-FL) –
Co-Sponsor

Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) –
Co-Sponsor

Anna Eshoo (D-CA) –
Co-Sponsor

Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) –
Co-Sponsor

Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) –
Co-Sponsor

Matt Gaetz (R-FL) –
Co-Sponsor

Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) – 
Co-Sponsor

Dusty Johnson (R-SD) –
Co-Sponsor

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA) – Co-Sponsor

Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) –
Co-Sponsor

Mondaire Jones (D-NY) –
Co-Sponsor

Kathy Manning (D-NC) –
Co-Sponsor

Doris Matsui (D-CA) –
Co-Sponsor

Lucy McBath (D-GA) –
Co-Sponsor

Joe Neguse (D-CO) –
Co-Sponsor

Burgess Owens (R-UT) –
Co-Sponsor

Steven M. Palazzo (R-MS) –
Co-Sponsor

Jamie Raskin (D-MD) –
Co-Sponsor

Mike D. Rogers (R-AL) –
Co-Sponsor

Tim Ryan (D-OH) –
Co-Sponsor

Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) –
Co-Sponsor

David Scott (D-GA) –
Co-Sponsor

Victoria Spartz (R-IN) –
Co-Sponsor

Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN) – Co-Sponsor

Greg Steube (R-FL) –
Co-Sponsor

Dina Titus (D-NV) –
Co-Sponsor

Susan Wild (D-PA) –
Co-Sponsor

Senate Bill (S. 673):

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights – Sponsor

John Kennedy (R-LA), Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – Sponsor

Cory A. Booker  (D-NJ) –
Co-Sponsor

Susan Collins (R-ME) –
Co-Sponsor

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) –
Co-Sponsor

Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) –
Co-Sponsor

Rand Paul (R-KY) –
Co-Sponsor

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) –
Co-Sponsor

Thank You Letter:

Send a thank-you note to Senators & Representatives co-sponsoring the bill in your State.

Washington Post Live Discussion: View from the Hill: Bipartisan Efforts to Protect Local News

LATEST ARTICLES
Below you will find the latest articles pertaining to our efforts on antitrust, starting with the most recent.
News Media Alliance Hosts Book Launch for “Ugly Truth” Facebook Dominance Exposé
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News Media Alliance Hosts Book Launch for “Ugly Truth” Facebook Dominance Exposé

On July 22, the News Media Alliance hosted a policy maker breakfast and book launch event for An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang … Read More
State Attorneys General File Lawsuit Over Google’s Dominance of Android App Market
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State Attorneys General File Lawsuit Over Google’s Dominance of Android App Market

This week, Attorneys General from 36 states and the District of Columbia filed a new antitrust lawsuit against Google alleging that the tech giant abused its power with the company’s Play Store on Android devices. Plaintiffs allege that anticompetitive practices used by Google have allowed them to extort a 30% … Read More
Federal Judge Asks New FTC Chair to Rewrite Blockbuster Tech Antitrust Lawsuit
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Federal Judge Asks New FTC Chair to Rewrite Blockbuster Tech Antitrust Lawsuit

In December of last year, the FTC unveiled massive antitrust lawsuits against Facebook seeking to have the social media company broken up. The suits accused Facebook of illegally crushing competition, namely the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, on its way to a monopoly. The cases were initially dismissed in late … Read More
House Judiciary Committee Proceeds with Markup of Tech-Focused Antitrust Bills
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House Judiciary Committee Proceeds with Markup of Tech-Focused Antitrust Bills

The House Judiciary Committee held a markup hearing for a slate of antitrust bills aimed at reigning in the power of the nation’s largest tech companies. The bills included the Mergers Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2021 (H.R. 3843), the State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021 (H.R. 3460), the … Read More
Google’s Settlement with the French Authorities Offers a Glimpse of Hope for News Publishers
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Google’s Settlement with the French Authorities Offers a Glimpse of Hope for News Publishers

In early June, the French competition authority, Autorité de la concurrence, announced that Google had reached an agreement with the authority to settle an antitrust investigation regarding the tech giant’s anticompetitive behavior in the market for online advertising services … Read More
Statement: Antitrust Bills Offer Long-Term Solution to Reining in Big Tech
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Statement: Antitrust Bills Offer Long-Term Solution to Reining in Big Tech

Over the last year, multiple lawsuits, bills and investigations have been introduced to examine the anticompetitive behavior of Big Tech companies, such as Facebook and Google, and how their dominance of the online ecosystem harms news publishers and other creators … Read More
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