Wednesday, June 12, 2019
House Judiciary Committee holds hearing with legacy newspapers on the idea of a pseudo-link tax on social media companies (effectively)
The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings (June 11) on a request from the legacy news industry for exceptions in anti-trust laws written for old legacy media. Cecilia Kang has the New York Times story here.
Newspapers want to be able to bargain for better prices when their stories are copies into social media.
Yet to me this sounds like a variation of the “link tax” going into effect in the European Union as part of its Copyright Directive.