State Duma deputies suggest charging fees from foreign aggregators for using Russian media news

    A new initiative has appeared in the State Duma: a proposal to oblige foreign aggregators to pay for news from domestic media. The project can be implemented by amending the law, which will prohibit foreign news aggregators from using information published by Russian media for free, writes RBC. The proposal itself was introduced by State Duma deputy from the LDPR Vadim Dengin.

    The idea itself is related to the implementation of the import substitution project. The deputy believes that now there is a “trend towards the development of our own products and services” in the country, respectively, import substitution should be implemented in the IT sphere. “And then we’ve been sitting on an informational foreign“ needle ”all our lives,” the deputy expressed his opinion.

    Dengin proposes to soon assemble an expert council of the State Duma committee on information policy, information technology in order to create a plan for the implementation of such a project. The deputy also plans to use the experience of Spain (which, incidentally, cannot be called completely positive). Discussion of this proposal is likely to take place in the fall. “I am sure that there is a request and we must support the Russian search engines and the emergence of new software products,” the parliamentarian commented on his initiative.

    It is worth noting that back in February this year, the chairman of the commission of the Public Chamber for the Development of the Information Society, Media and Mass Media, the president of the Seven Days publishing house Dmitry Biryukov came up with a similar idea. “In Spain, for example, they passed a bill when Google deducts 7% of its income in the country to the Spanish media,” Biryukov said.

    As for Spain, in this country at the end of last year, a law was passed obliging news aggregators to pay for the use of news from the Spanish media. After that, Google announced its intention to terminate its news aggregator in Spain.

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