Google will compensate Canadian media with $100 million

The Canadian government announced this compensation starting next year for the dissemination of the news

The Canadian government announced that Google will pay 100 million Canadian dollars (equivalent to 74 million US dollars) annually as part of an agreement to compensate media outlets for sharing news on their platforms.

Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge reported that the figure will be adjusted annually for inflation, and the Canadian government reserves the right to review the terms if Google reaches more favorable agreements for media in other countries. .

This agreement arises as a result of the implementation of the Online News Act in Canada, which requires Google and Meta to compensate media for the dissemination of their content on digital platforms.

Despite having been approved in August, the law has not been implemented due to ongoing negotiations between the Canadian government and the technology giants. Both Google and Meta (the parent company of Facebook and Instagram) have expressed their opposition by blocking access to news in Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted that this agreement reflects Canada’s commitment to local journalism and to independent journalists who must be compensated for their work. Trudeau also criticized Meta for refusing to compensate the media, accusing the American company of completely abdicating its responsibility to democratic institutions.

Under the agreement, Google will be responsible for determining how it will negotiate with the media about the distribution of funds, in addition to committing to continue offering training programs and digital resources to Canadian information companies.

K. Tovar

Source: SFCronicle

(Referential image source: Roman Kraft, Unsplash)

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