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altmehere [S] 25 points ago +25 / -0

Naturally, they blame Cruz for "blowing up" their plan to "save journalism":

Ted Cruz blows up Congress’ plan to save journalism by making Big Tech pay up

Take a look at the comments if you'd like to have cancer.

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ailurus 10 points ago +10 / -0

Ouch. That seems worse than usual. Maybe 1 in 5 of them even mentioning the bill, most are just "republican man bad!"

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PlagueRat27 1 point ago +1 / -0

I used to love Ars. Would read it daily. But as more and more articles about Trump came out I simply dumped them

The comment section is pure “orange man bad I need another booster”

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lapalapa 6 points ago +6 / -0

Journalism doesn't need to be saved. It needs to be left to naturally selecting autoregulation. Let the old and useless die. New ones will grow from the fertilized soil.

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OldBullLee 1 point ago +1 / -0

Absolutely. It's being "saved" as we speak by independents working outside both the tech behemoths and the shriveling Old News organs.

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AntonioOfVenice 22 points ago +22 / -0

What Cruz has suggested is an amendment to prohibit tech companies and news organizations from using the collective bargaining tool to collude on efforts to censor content

It's literally a paper tiger, doing nothing.

They could just use other means of colluding to censor content.

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JustHereForTheSalmon 9 points ago +11 / -2

Long tradition of Cruz doing things that sound great but won't actually pass a vote or, if it does, fix literally anything.

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AntonioOfVenice 18 points ago +19 / -1

I mean, in this case he did great by making it a wrecking amendment.

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MattTheBlack -1 points ago +1 / -2

Yeah because Cruz us the grand pumba of the US. Do you tards understand how out system of governance works

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SoctaticMethod1 6 points ago +6 / -0

They needed any excuse to drop it as it was more a threat to big tech to keep playing along.

It just so happen they used this as an excuse that makes them seem like big brother assholes

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lapalapa 3 points ago +3 / -0

law requiring Big Tech to pay journos

How could that ever be legal, even if passed?

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TriangleGang 3 points ago +3 / -0

Both Google and Meta have taken steps to start paying US publishers for aggregating their news content, but neither tech giant has yet found a perfect solution that would fairly compensate publishers and potentially help combat the mass shuttering of newsrooms across America.

The article makes it sound like they are vacuuming up news stories from other websites and then reprinting them on theirs. If that's the case, why can't this just be handled under existing copyright laws?

I can't reprint paper news articles and sell them myself, so why would you be able to do what amounts to the same thing on the internet?

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LauriThorne 1 point ago +1 / -0

That's not what they're doing though. They're providing links to the other sites.

Unless they mean the Google News app but I'm pretty sure that sends you to their site too

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Assassin47 1 point ago +1 / -0

They're providing links to the other sites.

Which itself is giving advertisement, publicity, and undue influence to those old newsrooms that otherwise would have been shuttered long ago.

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TriangleGang 1 point ago +1 / -0

So then, what's the issue? Shouldn't the traditional news sites be happy that someone is pushing traffic to them? They want more money? What is their argument/rationale for that?

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LauriThorne 1 point ago +1 / -0

They don't understand how the internet