1. Home
  2. English
  3. After Australia, Indian Newspaper Society Demands Google to Pay for News
After Australia, Indian Newspaper Society Demands Google to Pay for News

After Australia, Indian Newspaper Society Demands Google to Pay for News

Social Share

NEW DELHI, Feb 25: After Google struck a deal with a media baron in Australia, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has written to Google to “properly share advertising revenues” for content published by newspapers.

The INS president L Adimoolam in a letter addressed to Google India’s country manager Sanjay Gupta said Google should “pay for news generated by newspapers which employ thousands of journalists on the ground at considerable expense”, the body said in a statement, adding that it is in discussions with the tech giant.

Google has struck a deal with Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp in Australia agreeing to share advertising revenue for the news generated by the group.

INS noted that there is a huge distinction between editorial content from quality publications and fake news that is spreading on other information platforms. “The Society noted that over the past year publishers across the world have been raising the issue of fair payment for content and of proper sharing of advertising revenue with Google. It has also noted that Google has recently agreed to better compensate and pay publishers in France, the European Union and Australia.”

On Thursday, the two houses of Australia’s parliament passed the “News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code” that requires companies such as Google and Facebook, whose primary source of revenue is advertising, to pay local publishers for news content.

INS added that advertising has been the financial backbone of the news industry but that “newspaper publishers are seeing their share of the advertising pie shrinking in the digital space, even as Google is taking a giant share, leaving publishers with a small share”.

Raising an issue that has been a sticking point with traditional media companies around the world, the INS statement referred to Google’s role as a search engine, an ad-tech company, and also an analytics firm. It said publishers face an opaque advertising system, as they are unable to get details of Google’s advertising value chain. It has insisted that Google increase the publisher share of advertising revenue to 85%, and also ensure transparency in revenue reports provided by it.

Alphabet’s Google last year said it would pay some media groups in Australia, Brazil and Germany for high-quality content, and expects to do more deals with others.

The tech giant has for years tried to fend off such demands worldwide in return for using their content, with European media groups among its fiercest critics.

(Manas Dasgupta)



Your email address will not be published.

Join our WhatsApp Channel

And stay informed with the latest news and updates.

Join Now
revoi whats app qr code