[This article is authored by Tanmay Malik, a 4th year student at NALSAR University, Hyderabad. It analyses if the restrictions on paid news over search engines is violative of the fair use doctrine under the copyright law.]
News is a free information of the events around us. With the rise in enmeshing and expanse of world wide web, the news has multiple pathways to reach an individual. A report by Pew Research Center clearly shows that there has been a rise of solely-online media outlets and the sector has also witnessed the legacy paper-based news outlets broadcasting their news via all modes of digital means including apps, websites, podcasts, etc. A corresponding rise has been seen in the usage of the Big Tech giants, be it Google or Facebook. The two rises intersect and make these outlets the most likely source of news.