Google and Canada prove that doing the right thing sometimes sucks for everyone

Canada has proposed legislation that would force technology companies like Google to pay publishers to use their content. The bill, known as C-18, would cover Googles and Metas of the world about 30% of publishers’ total editorial costs, which Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez called fair compensation for an industry currently in crisis as well as a way to fight misinformation spread online.

Of course, Google disagrees and says the proposed legislation amounts to a link tax and creates a lower standard of journalism that would benefit spammers and “peddlers of misinformation.”

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