Safe Harbor Resource Center

Welcome to the Safe Harbor Resource Center.

This page contains resources for members on the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA), which would provide a safe harbor for publishers to collectively negotiate with the tech platforms.

Click on the links below to jump to resources and materials below related to the safe harbor legislation:

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

Support the JCPA:

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

Safe Harbor Bills:

Bill Fact Sheets:

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 when Congress is back in session in the fall. Click the button below to download and run our editorial, “Why an Anti-Trust Safe Harbor Is the Answer the News Business Needs.” *

* 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.


House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Online Platforms & Market Power

#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 from September 21 – October 2, 2020. 

Alliance Safe Harbor Press Releases & Statements:

Alliance Applauds Reintroduction of Journalism Competition & Preservation Act


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.

Safe Harbor Bill Sponsors Needed:

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 in order to develop more equitable and fair rules for tc

Bill Co-Sponsors:

House Bill (H.R. 2054):

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

Doug Collins (R-GA), former Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee – Sponsor

Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)

Donna Shalala (D-FL)

Joe Courtney (D-CT)

Steve Stivers (R-OH)

James Comer (R-KY)

Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

Steve Cohen (D-TN)

John Carter (R-TX)

Ted Deutch (D-FL)

Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. (D-AZ)

Rep. Moulton, Seth (D-MA)

Senate Bill (S. 1700):

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

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

Cory A. Booker  (D-NJ)

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Rand Paul (R-KY)

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

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

Below you will find the latest articles pertaining to our efforts on antitrust, starting with the most recent.
Big Tech Says Publishers Keep Majority of Ad Revenue, But Experience Suggests Otherwise

Big Tech Says Publishers Keep Majority of Ad Revenue, But Experience Suggests Otherwise

While the straight revenue share between Google AdSense and publishers was clearly tilted in favor of the publishers, Google AdSense has become le­ss relevant for publishers who sell through Google Ad Manager, an opaque marketplace. And Google benefits significantly more from that relationship than do publishers … Read More
Senator Cantwell Releases Report on Challenges to Local Journalism

Senator Cantwell Releases Report on Challenges to Local Journalism

On October 27, Senator Maria Cantrell (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released a report on threats to local news in today’s digital landscape. It explains how Google and Facebook have created a crisis for local news, whose revenues have been swiftly decreasing because of the platforms’ abuse of their … Read More
News Media Alliance Statement: Senator Cantwell Releases Report on Local News

News Media Alliance Statement: Senator Cantwell Releases Report on Local News

The News Media Alliance commends Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) for the release of her report, “Local Journalism: The Threat to America’s Most Trusted News Source,” outlining how changes in the information marketplace and the dominance of online platforms pose an existential threat to local news publishers … Read More
Canadian Publishers Call for Compensation

Canadian Publishers Call for Compensation

On October 21, News Media Canada released a statement on behalf of Canada’s news publishers calling on Parliament to address Google and Facebook’s excessive market power. Because Google and Facebook control the majority of advertising revenue, news publishers’ bottom line is at the mercy of big tech. With this imbalance of power, … Read More
DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Google

DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Google

On October 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 state Attorneys General filed a lawsuit against Google in the District Court for the District of Columbia for allegedly violating antitrust laws under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, in hopes of restoring competition in search and search advertising markets. The complaint … Read More
Statement: DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

Statement: DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

In response to the lawsuit filed today by the Department of Justice (DOJ) accusing Google of antitrust violations related to its search and advertising services, Alliance President and CEO, David Chavern, stated, “It is good that the DOJ is starting the process, but ‘search distribution’ issues are a small subset … Read More

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