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OPINION: The Online News Act is a dismal failure that must be replaced

News | 08/18/2023 5:05 pm EDT
OPINION: The Online News Act is a dismal failure that must be replaced

by Matt Hatfield, campaigns director, OpenMedia

It’s increasingly obvious that the Online News Act, Bill C-18, isn’t working for anyone. Passed into law in June, C-18 is supposed to slow the ongoing collapse of Canada’s news industry. To do this, C-18 attempts to force Meta Platforms Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google to pay news organizations in proportion to how often their users link to news stories, under the theory news sharing is benefiting platforms in ways they are not currently fairly compensating for.

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