JCPA – Safe Harbor Resource Center

JCPA – Safe Harbor Resource Center

Welcome to the JCPA – Safe Harbor Resource Center.

Your place for information on the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA) (H.R. 1735 and S. 673), which would allow news publishers to collectively negotiate with the tech platforms for fair compensation for use of their content:

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Save Local News - Support the JCPA:

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

Sign our 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.

List of JCPA Supporters
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News/Media Alliance Defends The JCPA, Says It Will Create Jobs (MediaPost, August 31, 2022)

What Others Are Saying:

SCHOEN: Congress Can Save The Press From Big Tech’s Iron Grip. Here’s How (The Daily Caller, August 27, 2022)
Make Big Tech play fair (Washington Examiner, August 21, 2022) 
Ruddy: Big Tech Needs to Be Limited, JCPA Does That  (Newsmax, August 3, 2022)
Can Congress save local news? Two bills backed by Northwest lawmakers may help (The Spokesman-Review, June 12, 2022)
Opinion: Level the playing field for small media and Big Tech (The Mercury News, May 21, 2022
SCHOEN: Americans Are Sounding The Alarm Over Big Tech
 (The Daily Caller, May 8, 2022)
Polling shows both sides of the aisle support reining in Big Tech (The Hill, May 1, 2022) (The Daily Caller, May 8, 2022)
Moves to curb Big Tech’s power over news and publishing find widespread support (, April 28, 2022)
Local news needs help against tech giants (Wisconsin State Journal editorial board, March 23, 2022)
Kevin P. St. James: Saving Local News From Big Tech (New Hampshire Union-Leader, March 20, 2022)
How and why Congress needs to get big tech to start paying for news (The Seattle Times, March 4, 2022)
“Big Tech Has Been Destroying Local News. Finally, a Response” (Real Clear Policy, February 1, 2022) 
Taking Power Back from Big Tech” (Washington Examiner, November 5, 2021) 
Opinion/Minow and Hadjipanteli: Congress must stop Big Tech’s threat to the press“(The Providence Journal, Jan. 11, 2022)
Commentary: Jim Martin: Unlikely political allies are trying to save local newspapers — and you can help”  (Boulder Daily Camera, Nov. 13, 2021)
Google Charges More Than Twice Its Rivals in Ad Deals, Unredacted Suit Says” (The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22, 2021)
How to Save the News from Google” (National Review, Oct. 22, 2021)
Conservative Outlets Support the JCPA (Rep. Ken Buck via Twitter, May 7, 2021)
Back the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act” (Cook County News Herald editorial, Apr. 16, 2021)

JCPA Talking Points and Message Guidance:

JCPA Talking Points

We urge you to support the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) to ensure that news publishers are fairly compensated by Big Tech for the value of their content. Use our talking points in conversations about the bill.

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Copyright Myth

The Copyright Alliance sent a letter to House and Senate Antitrust Chairs David Cicilline (D-RI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), respectively, and Ranking members Ken Buck (R-LA) and Mike Lee (R-UT), striking down false claims and emphasizing that the JCPA does not implicate copyright law. The JCPA addresses antitrust issues and does not mention or implicate copyright law. Read the letter here.

Help Us Get JCPA Co-Sponsors:

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Visit our Voter Voice campaign, where you can send a letter to your member of Congress encouraging them to co-sponsor the Safe Harbor bill.
  2. Contact your Member of Congress and ask that they sponsor this legislation to support a one-time safe harbor for news publishers.
  3. Send a thank-you letter if your state’s member of Congress has co-sponsored the JCPA. Click here for a sample letter.

Bill Co-Sponsors

House Bill (H.R. 1735) Sponsors:

  • David Cicilline (D-RI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
  • Ken Buck (R-CO), Ranking Member


Gus Bilirakis (R-FL); Vern Buchanan (R-FL); Ken Calvert (R-CA); Salud O. Carbajal (D-CA); Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA); Kathy Castor (D-FL); Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO); Jim Cooper (D-TN); Joe Courtney (D-CT); Angie Craig (D-MN); Rick Crawford (R-AR); Madeleine Dean (D-PA); Diana DeGette (D-CO); Antonio Delgado (D-NY); Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA); Theodore Deutch (D-FL); Lloyd Doggett (D-TX); Anna Eshoo (D-CA); Adriano Espaillat (D-NY); Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA); Matt Gaetz (R-FL); Mark E. Green (R-TN); Glenn Grothman (R-WI); Vicky Hartzler (R-MO); Jared Huffman (D-CA); Pramila Jayapal (D-WA); Dusty Johnson (R-SD); Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA); Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY); Mondaire Jones (D-NY); Marcy Kaptur (D-OH); Conor Lamb (D-PA); John Larson (D-CT); Ted Lieu (D-CA); Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY); Kathy Manning (D-NC); Doris Matsui (D-CA); Lucy McBath (D-GA); Grace Meng (D-NY); Seth Moulton (D-MA); Frank J. Mrvan (D-IN); Jerry Nadler (D-NY); Joe Neguse (D-CO); Burgess Owens (R-UT); Steven M. Palazzo (R-MS); Katie Porter (D-CA); Jamie Raskin (D-MD); Mike D. Rogers (R-AL); Deborah Ross (D-NC); Tim Ryan (D-OH); Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA); David Scott (D-GA); Victoria Spartz (R-IN); Terri A. Sewell (D-AL); Pete Stauber (R-MN); Greg Steube (R-FL); Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY); Mark Takano (D-CA); Mike Thompson (D-CA); Thomas P. Tiffany (R-WI); Dina Titus (D-NV); Lori Trahan (D-MA); Joe Wilson (R-SC); Susan Wild (D-PA)

Senate Bill (S. 673) Sponsors:

  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
  • John Kennedy (R-LA), Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee


Cory A. Booker (D-NJ);  Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); Bill Cassidy (R-LA); Susan Collins (R-ME); Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Mazie Hirono (D-HI); Cynthia Lummis (R-WY); Rand Paul (R-KY); John Thune (R-SD); Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 

Myth vs. Fact: The JCPA

Myth vs. Fact: The Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA)

Local journalism, necessary for maintaining an informed and active citizenry, is under threat. By not paying small and local publishers for access to their quality reporting, Big Tech has created news deserts, driving many outlets out of business. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) would allow small and local news publishers to collectively negotiate with Big Tech for fair compensation for access to the journalistic content that generates revenue on those platforms.

Myth vs. Fact: the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA) addresses the misconceptions about the JCPA made by Big Tech and their allies.

Related: News/Media Alliance Defends The JCPA, Says It Will Create Jobs (MediaPost)

JCPA Fact Sheet

Support the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act”

Facebook and Google abuse their duopoly power over the digital marketplace, setting the rules for news publishers and determining how journalism is displayed, prioritized, and monetized. These rules have led to the commoditization of news and the proliferation of dangerous misinformation that undermines the fabric of our democracy.

We must pass the JCPA to ensure that publishers – especially small and local publishers are treated fairly and compensated justly. These publishers work hard to report news and write content, yet Big Tech companies are the ones who profit most from their work. This is fundamentally unfair, and the JCPA will bring about much-needed change.

Read the JCPA one-pager here.

White Paper

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

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

JCPA Op-Eds:

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.*

Op-Ed by News/Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern – Big Tech is Trying to Cancel Local News
JCPA Democracy Sample editorial

* 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.


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

Hearing information
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)

Watch: Video highlights
Written testimony
Statement for the record

Don't Let Big Tech Cancel Local News, Support the JCPA Ads:

Don’t Let Big Tech Cancel Local News.

Local news organizations are under pressure. Local news strengthens our community, but local papers across the country are under threat. Big Tech takes advantage of the news and information created by local publishers, but they won’t pay for it.

The Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA) is a bipartisan bill that allows local news companies to negotiate with Big Tech to ensure they are treated fairly and compensated justly. If Congress doesn’t pass the JCPA, communities across America will continue to lose quality local, fact-based news coverage.

Contact your member of Congress to support the JCPA and ensure Big Tech doesn’t cancel local news: 202.224.3121

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Alliance JCPA Press Releases & Statements:

Share Social Media Support for the JCPA:

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 social graphics, too.

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



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