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Canada’s Newspapers Want Google, Facebook to Pay For Content

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 5/2/2020 Esteban Duarte
a circuit board: A sign featuring Google Inc.'s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London. © Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg A sign featuring Google Inc.'s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.

(Bloomberg) -- Canada’s newspapers are asking the federal government to follow France and Australia in forcing companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook, Inc. to pay to display their news content.

“Both France and Australia have set deadlines to have mandatory solutions in place by July. That means paying for copyrighted content and sharing the advertising dollars and data that flow from it,” said a letter signed by newspaper executives including Andrew MacLeod of Postmedia and The Globe and Mail’s Phillip Crawley. “The situation is urgent, with media companies suffering huge advertising declines because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Read more: Google Ordered to Pay for News in French Antitrust Crackdown

Read more: Facebook, Google to Be Forced to Pay for News in Australia

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