Broadcasters, big tech at odds on revenue sharing

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 23-Sep-19

Free TV Australia states that a code of conduct is needed to govern commercial relationships between free-to-air broadcasters and digital platforms such as Google and Facebook. Free TV notes that when a free-to-air broadcasters’ content is uploaded to a platform, it is the owner of the digital platform that sets the terms of how that content is monetised. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has recommended a code of conduct be set up that would require digital platforms to negotiate arrangements with media companies regarding data sharing and revenue, and that the Australian Communications and Media Authority oversee the code. However, Free TV would prefer the ACCC to monitor it.

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Google, Facebook, Twitter hit back at ACCC

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 13-Sep-19

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry final report recommended changes to merger laws. The ACCC’s flagged crackdown on mergers within the technology sector has been attacked by the Digital Industry Group Inc, which represents companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook. DIGI’s criticism came in a submission to Treasury, prior to the federal government releasing its response to the ACCC’s report.

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AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, DIGITAL INDUSTRY GROUP INC, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, TWITTER INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

ACCC poised to take tech giants to court

Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 14-Aug-19

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is close to launching five cases against Google and Facebook in the aftermath of its digital platforms inquiry. The cases are understood to involve alleged breaches of consumer, competition and privacy laws, with ACCC chairman Rod Sims saying on 13 August that Facebook and Google must comply with Australia’s laws if they wish to do business here. He said a decision on whether to proceed with the five cases would be made before the end of 2019.

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Level the playing field but don’t over-regulate tech

Original article by Paul Smith, John Davidson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: W1 & W3 : 30-Jul-19

Participants at an innovation summit have expressed mixed views regarding the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s report on digital platforms. Former Google Australia MD Maile Carnegie says technology companies should be subject to the same rules regarding data privacy as other sectors. However, Carnegie rejects the suggestion made by media companies that Google is a publisher. Nerida O’Loughlin from the Australian Communications & Media Authority said ACMA does not have the expertise to regulate the algorithms used by big technology companies.

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Google rejects check on search algorithms

Original article by Paul Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 & 22 : 29-Jan-19

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has previously proposed that an external regulator monitor the algorithms used by Google and Facebook. Both companies have expressed concerns about the proposal, with Google Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Mel Silva saying such a move could make its algorithms open to manipulation. The recommendation regarding algorithms was one of a number put forward by the ACCC following its review into digital platforms; Silva says its recommendation to establish a digital platforms ombudsman has merit.

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Media chiefs hail digital inquiry

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 19 : 27-Feb-18

Media industry executives are supportive of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s inquiry into the digital media sector. News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller says it looks forward to actively participating in the inquiry, while Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner says the company is keen to express its views. Miller says the inquiry represents an opportunity to reform the digital media sector into one that offers the opportunity for all participants to compete on a "more even playing field"

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