Internet giant Google threatens to stop its search engine in Australia on Friday. The reason for this is a proposal for a new code of conduct that would require Google to pay for links to news articles.
Google CEO Mel Silva said in the Australian senate on Friday that the legislation is unworkable and that the company cannot calculate the financial risk. “Leaving the Australian market is the only rational decision if this law passes,” said Silva.
The bill was introduced in the Australian Parliament in December. According to the Australian news agency MONKEY Google would have to pay fines of up to AU $ 10 million ($ 6.4 million) for refusing to pay publishers for their articles. Initially, the legislation would apply to the Facebook and Google Search news feed.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was not sensitive to the threat from Google: “It is Australia that sets the rules about what is allowed in Australia, and it is our parliament that decides that. Those who are willing to work in Australia within this framework,” are welcome. But we do not bow to threats. “
On Thursday it was announced that Google will pay in France for the use of messages from news editors and publishers. On this subject, at the insistence of the French competition watchdog, it has reached an agreement with Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale, one of the largest French publishing houses, which includes nearly three hundred titles. Financial details have not been disclosed.