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.

Hearings:

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

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.

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)

Charlie Crist (D-FL)

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

LATEST ARTICLES
Below you will find the latest articles pertaining to our efforts on antitrust, starting with the most recent.
State AGs to File Third Lawsuit Against Google
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State AGs to File Third Lawsuit Against Google

On January 15, Reuters reported that State Attorneys General are planning to file a third lawsuit against Google focusing on its Play Store for Android phones. The lawsuit is expected to be filed in February or March. Google’s policies include the ability to ban apps for objectionable content and requiring … Read More
38 States File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
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38 States File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

On December 17, a bipartisan coalition of 38 states filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging Google used its market power to thwart competition. The lawsuit alleges that Google leveraged its market power to favor its own webpages and products violating antitrust laws … Read More
10 States File Digital Advertising Lawsuit Against Google
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10 States File Digital Advertising Lawsuit Against Google

On December 16, 10 states filed a complaint in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Sherman division alleging that Google illegally monopolized products and services that publishers used to advertise. The complaint further alleges that Google’s anticompetitive practices kept publishers from properly monetizing their content. The lawsuit … Read More
Statement: News Media Alliance Applauds State AGs' Ad Tech Suit Against Google
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Statement: News Media Alliance Applauds State AGs’ Ad Tech Suit Against Google

We applaud all 10 states that have stepped forward to take action to address Google’s flatly anticompetitive ad technology business.   … Read More
FTC Sues Facebook for Anti-Competitive Behavior
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FTC Sues Facebook for Anti-Competitive Behavior

On December 9, the FTC announced that it will sue Facebook for violating antitrust law along with 46 states’ attorneys general. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that “Facebook has engaged in a systematic strategy … to eliminate threats to its monopoly,” violating … Read More
Big Tech Says Publishers Keep Majority of Ad Revenue, But Experience Suggests Otherwise
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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
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