Skip to comments.Editorial: Don't mind Facebook's empty threats: Pass the JCPA
Posted on 12/07/2022 8:57:58 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Ky., have struck a deal to include the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), according to Axios. If the deal holds, it will move this essential piece of legislation to President Joe Biden’s desk. The NDAA must pass by year’s end to fund America’s military.
The JCPA would allow news organizations to band together to negotiate fair fees from online platforms, such as Facebook and Google, who derive ad revenue from the hard work of newsrooms — mostly small, local, community-rooted operations — across the country. It is needed to sustain independent news in a business landscape dominated by tech giants.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has made extravagant threats against the U.S. government and people to stop the bill. To avoid reimbursing news outlets for the content they create, the company has said it will forbid all news links on its platforms. The message is simple: “You need us more than we need you. And we’re willing to turn the entire country into a news desert to prove it.”
But Meta has tried this before and failed. The JCPA is based on the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code in Australia. Meta briefly blocked all news for Australian users, and banned links to Australian news outlets around the world. But the tactic proved unsustainable. The Australian government made minor adjustments to the law and Facebook turned the news spigot back on. Now the company has entered into agreements with dozens of Australian news organizations that have brought a much needed, and deserved, infusion of resources into the industry.
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Will this law affect this forum?
The pittsburgh post-gazette desperately seeking their piece of the pie.
Anyone know more details?
Don’t listen to Facebook - gimme dat money!
Don’t listen to Facebook - gimme dat money!
I would think this would kill FR overnight if we had to pay for every story posted.
I don’t believe this part for a second.
McConnell you total POS!!!!!
Does it work both directions. Say CBS points to a twitter or FB post in its news story. Shouldn’t CBS have to pay for the content?
I would think that instead of posting the news stories on the site. They could just post links.
“Will this law affect this forum?”
This “law” would violate the First Amendment and therefore be unconstitutional.
I found that remark suspicious, also. Most ‘local’ papers are actually parts of big chains, as far as I know.
Whether FR would have to pay would depend on whether the JCPA actually repeals the Fair Use doctrine.
As if the constitution matters anymore.
I don’t think this law would affect FR at all.
That is the confusing part.
“Under the terms of the bill now, with the text of this amendment in place, the only thing it seems to do is to force the platforms to pay the fair market value, specifically for the right to acquire, crawl, or index the publisher’s content.
Now let that sink in for a minute.
Currently they can do that for free under the fair use doctrine of our intellectual property laws. They can already do that, and they can do that for free…
The bill specifically says that it doesn’t change our copyright or intellectual property laws.
So, what exactly are they paying the publishers for? The platforms are paying publishers for a property right, but it’s a property right that they don’t own… under our intellectual property laws as they now exist.”
A bill that would let most news outlets collectively negotiate with dominant tech platforms for compensation to distribute their content.
This would fund all the news organizations that hate us.
Do not think for a minute that they will not come after sites like FR.
If FB evaporated tomorrow the only damage would be the impact to Vanity!!!!
(and the shareholders profiting from the Vanity of the masses)
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