CHARBONNEAU – Ottawa’s plan to force digital giants to pay for news is doomed
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED IT in the recent throne speech but the federal government intends to tax the digital giants Facebook and Google (FG).
The feds are reacting to complaints by newspapers that FG steals their news and profits from it.
That would be a legitimate complaint if newspapers didn’t give their content away in the first place. They do so to attract readers to their sites where readers will be exposed to advertising and, hopefully, subscribe.
If newspapers didn’t want you to see their products online, they wouldn’t put it there.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.
Aljazeera and the CBC are the only two reputable news companies providing free content. Every other major and reputable news organization give max three free article per month. Going to fake news is only for dopes which exists no matter what.