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Well, I'll talk about what Australia is proposing in had a moment. But as the press councils stand at the moment, all bar Denmark are voluntary systems. So there isn't an issue in terms of whether you're large or small.

But in the Scandinavian countries, you are required to register your publication. It's put to me as similar to sort of Companies House. It's not licensing of the press, but you are required to register your publication and your editor-in-chief, a named editor-in-chief who is responsible, and so that sort of takes you into the ambit of, you know, what's considered to be the press there. But no, there's no threshold.

What's proposed in Australia under the Convergence Review is that, regardless of the platform on which you deliver your content -- so it could be online, it could be broadcast, it could be in print -- if you hit a certain threshold -- I think they're talking about a revenue of more than 50 million Australian dollars a year -- coupled with a threshold of an impact on Australians -- so you have a certain number of readers or hits -- then you will be caught by mandatory regulation, and so caught in there are the 15 largest companies.

But Google, for example, would not be caught by it because although it has a very large access by Australians, the revenue actually comes under in terms of professionally produced material. Some of the Australian press have somewhat cynically argued that actually the Convergence Review set out with 15 companies in mind, and then set the requirements in order to catch them in terms of mandatory regulation, but I don't know if that's true.

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