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The Big Lesson From Google’s and Facebook’s Australia News Crisis

As someone who worked at News Corp’s Wall Street Journal writing about Google and Facebook for nearly a decade, I’ve found the faceoff between all three companies over the future of news in Australia both fascinating and deeply frustrating.

On the fascinating side, it’s been the culmination of a yearslong fight over how publishers make money from their content on the internet, the kind of heady debate that’s too important to ignore. Publishers—News Corp chief among them—are rightly concerned with the fact that Facebook and Google benefit from using their content and don’t pay for it.

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