👍🏻House H.R. 2054 “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act”👍🏻
I’d support the passage of and recommend the House Bill H.R. 2054 the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act of 2019 which would establish a 48-month safe harbor for small publishers to band together to negotiate with dominant online platforms to improve the access to and quality of news online. This bill is narrowly tailored to ensure that coordination by news publishers is only in the interest of promoting trust and quality journalism. Specifically, it’d only allow coordination by news publishers if it:
1) Directly relates to the quality, accuracy, attribution or branding, or interoperability of news;
2) Benefits the entire industry, rather than just a few publishers, and is non-discriminatory to other news publishers; and
3) Is directly related to and reasonably necessary for these negotiations, instead of being used for other purposes.
Facebook and Google have gobbled up the advertising dollars that used to go to traditional news outlets, such as newspapers. The loss of this critical revenue has decimated newsrooms, affecting the quality of news coverage across the U.S. Allowing publishers to collectively negotiate with Facebook and Google is the only way to ensure they get a fair share of the ad revenue on these platforms.
SneakyPete 👍🏻👍🏻YES👍🏻👍🏻 5.12.19.....