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Google reach deal on payments for journalism

www.latimes.com

Google has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for use of its news content around the world, ending a long standoff with Murdoch’s news empire and Australian regulators. For the past several months, Australian legislators were planning to force tech companies, like Facebook and Google, to pay for news, a move that Google had said would force it to shut down its search engine in the country.

News Corp said its publications, including The Wall Street Journal in the U.S., the Times and Sun in the UK and The Australian in Australia would join Google News Showcase, a new feature announced last year that will run in Google News, giving publishers more control over how their stories appear.

The deal is a victory for News Corp, which has long called for the need for tech companies to pay for its content just as cable companies pay for TV networks’ programming. But how much of a precedent it is for Google paying publishers remains to be seen.

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