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  • Australia set to enact bill making Facebook, Google pay for news

    ”pay for news”

    I think it would be fair to mention in the subject and at least in the article that the law makes Facebook and Google pay for *links to news*.

    The law also forces them to show these links in search results (Google) or in the timeline as people post links (Facebook).

    And Facebook has to pay even if journalists share their own work there. Probably also in the case newspapers themselves post the links.

    So: Facebook and Google are not publishing newspaper content for free anywhere, as  “make them pay for news” makes one believe. This is about links and the short snippets they might show alongside.

    Just wondering when everybody must pay if you link to someone else’s work. That’s kinda the purpose of the World Wide Web.

    (yes Facebook especially sucks, but it doesn’t make this law right)
    williamlondongatorguy