Temporary ‘safe harbor’ for publishers introduced in U.S. Senate

Legislation introduced that creates a temporary safe harbor for news publishers to band together to negotiate with online platforms to protect Americans’ access to trustworthy sources of news online.
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act creates a temporary safe harbor for news publishers to band together to negotiate with online platforms to protect Americans’ access to trustworthy sources of news online.
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act was introduced by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Ranking Member of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, on June 3, 2019.
The Kentucky Press Association was a sponsor.

https://www.kennedy.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/3/9/39db81a5-249f-4633-89a2-6b558829f47a/89AEE10C834522425A60056AFEF572B6.senate-fact-sheet—-the-journalism-competition-and-preservation-act.pdf

 

At a House Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill Monday, the News Media Alliance debuted a new video, Legislation to Protect Local News, (click on link to view video) on efforts to protect the future of news publishers and high-quality journalism in the United States. We had an excellent program of speakers: Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan of Axios provided keynotes and Alliance President & CEO David Chavern moderated a panel of news executives. Panelists included Toni Bush, News Corp; Nicole Carroll, USA TODAY; Jonathan Kanter, Paul Weiss and Neil Patel, The Daily Caller.

The ‘Legislation to Protect Local News’ video is now available on the Alliance website, and you to distribute, share, link and embed the video on your news company websites and social media channels.

With your help, we hope to raise the visibility of this issue at a critical time, when bills calling for a safe harbor for news publishers to collectively negotiate with the tech platforms for better business terms have now been introduced in both the House and the Senate. Now is the time to act!

The Legislation to Protect Local News video is a compelling overview of the importance of quality journalism, especially local news, and why the future of news is at risk if we don’t act now by leveling the playing field with the big tech platforms such as Facebook and Google. Chavern, as well as Maribel Perez Wadsworth, President of USA TODAY Network and Publisher of USA TODAY, and Terry Egger, CEO and Publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, are among those appearing in the video. In addition, clips with House bill co-sponsors, Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and David Cicilline (D-RI) from the Washington Post Live Event on Protecting Local News on April 4, set the stage for how news publishers could finally be able to negotiate for fair compensation from the platforms.

For more information, visit the Safe Harbor Resource Center on the Alliance website.

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