Paul Kelly in the Australian has a long piece claiming victory for Australia in the government v Facebook and Google kerfuffle.
I particularly liked this bit:
But there is a small group of angry critics that reject the model on the grounds of media diversity, insist small players will miss out, claim Facebook won the main concessions and complain that the big companies, notably News Corp, are getting what they want. Such critics have an extremely limited and selective view of how to assist journalism and what journalism should be assisted.
Let’s ignore the concession that this was really an industry protection policy and get to the rub.
I do not think that journalism should be ‘assisted’ at all. For any reason or at any time. If you cannot survive in the market, you fail. That is how the world is supposed to work.