RMIT expert available for comment on Google’s latest media company deal and implications for the news media bargaining code

RMIT expert available for comment on Google’s latest media company deal and implications for the news media bargaining code

An expert from RMIT University is available to talk to media about the news media bargaining code following the announcement of Google’s latest media company deal.

An expert from RMIT University is available to talk to media about the news media bargaining code following the announcement of Google’s latest media company deal.

Dr James Meese (0452 474 123 or james.meese@rmit.edu.au)

Topics: media businesses, digital platforms, media regulation, misinformation, artificial intelligence, 5G

“Google is starting to ink deals with a number of major Australian media companies, paying for the use of news content in products like the Google News Showcase.

“The deals are good business for Australian news outlets. Some companies will reportedly earn more money than they were expected to receive through the news media bargaining code.

“This is because Google is desperate to not pay for news delivered through their search engine. It looks like they are paying over and above market value to secure deals that specifically exclude Google Search.

“The government does not want Google Search to exit Australia and so both parties may come to a tacit agreement. Google is paying for news now in the hope that the government will not use the news media bargaining code to force them to pay for news appearing through search results.

“In comparison, Facebook have been relatively quiet. They may be waiting to see how Google’s deal-making is received by Parliament.”

James Meese is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. His ARC research fellowship examines the relationship between digital platforms and publishers.

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