By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-10-21

Political opposites Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have teamed up to try and boost the fortunes of news operations.

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would give “news content creators” – print, broadcast, or digital – an antitrust safe harbor to negotiate collectively with digital platforms like Facebook and Google for carriage of their original content.

Similar bills have tried, and failed, to provide that safe harbor before.

Specifically, the bill grants publishers immunity from federal and state antitrust laws for a 48-month period while they bargain collectively with digital platforms.  » Read More