Considering such long-term measures to assist companies over shorter-term support currently in place
Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said Tuesday that Ottawa is looking for “longer-term solutions” to support news and information organizations, and suggested that he’d like to see large tech companies such as Google and Facebook pay their “fair share” when they profit from content created by others.
Speaking to participants at this year’s Banff World Media Festival, Guilbeault said he has been monitoring developments in France and Australia, both of which are on track to roll out rules requiring online giants that aggregate news feeds to pay media organizations whose content they feature.
While he stopped short of describing what such a model might look like in Canada, and whether new legislation would be required, Guilbeault said he is looking at France’s use of “neighbouring rights,” which traditionally govern the use of copyrighted material in the music business.
“I think that those who benefit from the media content of our news and information agencies in Canada should be paying their fair share,” the heritage minister said during his 45-minute talk.