Rupert Murdoch vs. Google -

Rupert Murdoch vs. Google

Media mogul wants to block Google links


Rupert Murdoch says he will remove stories appearing in his publications from Google search lists as a way of encouraging people to pay for content online, the Guardian reports. In an interview with Sky News Australia, owned by his conglomerate News Corp, the Australian media mogul said the publications he owns, which include the Wall Street Journal and the Times of London, would consider blocking Google links entirely once they had enacted plans to charge people for reading their stories on the web. He dismissed the notion that search engines fell under “fair use” rules which many aggregator websites use as part of their legal justification for reproducing excerpts of news stories online. Certain outlets “simply just pick up everything and run with it – steal our stories,” he claimed. “That’s Google, that’s Microsoft, that’s, a whole lot of people … they shouldn’t have had it free all the time, and I think we’ve been asleep.”

The Guardian

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