Google says Australian Legislation on paying news is unworkable

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Google mobile phone icon, in Philadelphia. The Australian government said on Friday, July 31, 2020 it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with Australian media businesses fair pay for news content. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

CANBERRA, Australia — A Google executive said on Friday proposed Australian legislation to produce digital platforms cover for information was unworkable and its suggested mediation version was biased toward press companies.

Google Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Mel Silva made her first public remarks on the facts of the planned legislation because it was introduced into Parliament a week.

“It forces Google to cover to reveal hyperlinks in an unprecedented intervention which would break the way search engines operate,” Silva said in a statement.

If a stage along with a news company could not agree to a price for information after three weeks of discussions, a three-member mediation board could be appointed to create a binding choice for payment.

Silva stated, “binding mediation within the code might be a sensible backstop — provided that the mediation version is reasonable.”

On the other hand, the suggested mediation version was”skewed to the passions of a single kind of company just,” Silva said, speaking to websites.

Google said it had given a much better version with Google News Showcase. Google is paying engaging publishers to present paywalled articles to News Showcase consumers throughout the model it established in October.

“By imposing final-offer mediation with biased standards, it encourages publishers to proceed to mediation instead of achieving an agreement,” Silva said of this government’s design.

Swinburne University press lecturer Belinda Barnet said Google was pushing its model since it needed more power in discussions than media companies.

“They attempted the misinformation campaign, which did not work, and they’re saying:’We could do it even better. We are doing it even better. ”’

News Showcase” rewards the significant players,” while the Australian authorities wanted payment for information to be”honest and round the board,” Barnet said.

Specifics of these draft laws are going to be inspected by a Senate committee before lawmakers vote on them.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, that introduced the law to Parliament, said in a declaration that Google would submit to this committee until it releases its location in February.