Google of Alphabet Inc. said on Friday that it would block its search engine in Australia if the government went ahead with a new code, forcing media and companies to pay for the right to use its content. Will do.
Google’s threat sparks a battle with publishers like News Corp that are being closely watched around the world. The search giant warned that its 19 million Australian users would face abusive search and YouTube experiences when the new code was implemented.
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Australia is to pass laws that will negotiate with tech giants to pay with local publishers and broadcasters for content included in search results or news feeds. If they cannot bargain, the government-appointed arbitrator will fix the price.
Australia and New Zealand managing director Mel Silva said, “If this version of the code had become law then it would have been combined with unbearable financial and operational risk, giving us no real alternative.” A Senate Committee.
Silva made no mention of YouTube in the prepared comments.
Google’s comments sparked a sharp rebuke from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said the country makes its own rules for “what you do in Australia”.
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“People who want to work in Australia are very welcome. But we do not respond to threats,” Morrison told reporters.
Google has called the code fairly widespread and said that without modification, even offering limited search tools would be risky. The company does not disclose sales from Australia, but search ads account for the largest contribution to revenue and profit globally.
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The United States government this week asked Australia to repeal proposed laws that have broad political support, and suggested that Australia should pursue a voluntary code instead.
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Australia and Australia announced the legislation last month after Google and social media giant Facebook found too much market power in the media industry, a situation stating that it is a potential threat to a well-functioning democracy .
Just hours after Google threatened to limit its services in Australia, the Internet giant signed a content-payment deal with some French news publishers as part of a three-year, $ 1.3 to support publishers Billion push.
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Peter Lewis, director of the Australia Institute’s Center for Responsible Technology, said “Google’s testimony” is part of the threatening behavior that is deceiving for those who believe our democracy. “
(Reporting by Renu Jose; Editing by Byron KA and Gerry Doyle)