Google Announces It Can Stop Search Engine Service in Australia
Technology giant Google announced that it will stop providing services in the region after the copyright law planned to come into force in Australia. The law in question requires Google to pay the publishers it hosts on the platform.
Australia has announced in recent months that it is considering a new law that will require platforms; such as Google and Facebook to pay broadcasters that generate revenue. If the law goes into effect, the aforementioned platforms will have to share some of their revenues with content owners.
Technology giant Google stated that this law is extremely compelling; and if the law goes into effect, the search engine will have to withdraw from Australia.
big corporate, big issues
Giant platforms such as Google and Facebook have been having problems with the publishers they have featured on their sites for a long time. Publishers state that these platforms generate revenue from their content, so payment must be made. Giant platforms say that publishers have reached millions of readers thanks to Google and Facebook. So as you can understand, there is a vicious circle between publishers and platforms.
Australia is working on a new law that will require platforms to pay publishers, as we mentioned earlier. In a hearing held on the law, Google Australia General Manager Mel Silva made the following statements; “If the law goes into effect, the Google search engine has no choice but to pull out of Australia. This would be a bad result not only for us, but also for users, media outlets and small businesses using the search engine.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded to what Silva perceived as a threat, using the following statements; “To be frank, Australia decides the rules of Australia. The rules are set by our government and parliament, and if you want to follow them you have room on our heads. But we are thinking of responding to threats.”