This reflection is Part 2 of a two-part series by Australia’s former competition chief, Rod Sims.
As I stated in yesterday’s op-ed, I do not claim to be an unbiased commentator on Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code (NMBC). I was chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) when it conceived of the NMBC and was then charged by the Australian government with its implementation.
As Canada moves forward with Bill C-18, the Online News Act, you can expect a reaction from Google and Meta.
Google argued publicly, and generated a campaign, to the effect that the NMBC would allow large companies to control the internet. This argument often drew amazement as the “large company” Google had in mind was News Corp, which is less than one per cent of the market value of Google; further, many see Google itself as the large company that controls the internet.
In a recent submission to the U.S. Copyright Office, voicing concern that the NMBC…