Denmark is planning to introduce a so-called ‘Netflix tax’ of up to 5% of turnover to fund local film and television productions.
Its part of a redistribution of support for the media from national titles to local and regional media, including support for the transition of printed media to digital formats.
Culture minister, social democrat Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, says she wants to strengthen the opportunity for media to fulfil their role in democracy.
“Denmark must take the lead in ensuring greater democratic control over the tech giants, who in a short time have gained enormous influence on our lives, our society and our community,” said Halsboe-Jørgensen. “I look forward to the forthcoming negotiations, where we must jointly secure the future of our democratic infrastructure. “
Streaming companies including Disney+, HBO and Viaplay will also be obliged to give an insight on their algorithms.
A new centre for Tech and Democracy will develop knowledge about the tech giants’ effects on democracy, cohesion and well-being, as well as contribute to policy development.