DECRYPTION – After six months of standoff, Ottawa sealed a historic agreement with the American giant to compensate the Canadian media. Meta continues to block press articles.
After a standoff of more than six months, the white flag is finally raised between the Canadian government and Google. On Wednesday evening, the country sealed a historic agreement with the American giant so that it would participate in the financing of Canadian media. “ Google will provide financial support of 100 million Canadian dollars per year (i.e. 67 million euros, Editor’s note)indexed to inflation », rejoiced the Canadian Minister of Heritage, Pascale St-Onge. A very symbolic negotiation which could serve as an example elsewhere in the world.
Google opposed Ottawa over the so-called “ C-18 » , voted in June and which will come into force on December 19. The latter requires platforms with at least 20 million users in the country, and with annual revenues exceeding one billion dollars, to negotiate agreements that would remunerate the media for the reuse of their content. An initiative similar to that adopted by Australia in 2021, as well as…