Watch: Murdoch wants to block Google (interview)


9:55 pm - November 9th 2009

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In an interview with Sky New in Australia, Rupert Murdoch said today he wanted to block Google from indexing its stories once he starts charging for newspapers.

He also said he wanted to challenge the doctine of “fair use” of his content on other websites.

He also calls the BBC “a scandal” (9m50s).

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As is occasionally pointed out when journalists and news business people complain that Google is stealing their content, if they don’t want Google to index their pages they can simply… tell Google not to index their pages by inserting a bit of code into them.

What they really want Google to do is pay them for the privilege of making money from a derivative of their product, the way book reviewers always pay novelists, for example.

On what grounds can Sky News talking to it’s owner be called an “interview”?

2 Rick

Good point but that is the way Murdoch works. He loves monopoly.

Shock as Murdoch appears total tool…

Seriously, who’s going to win: Murdoch, master of a fading empire, or Google?

@3 – “Good point but that is the way Murdoch works. He loves monopoly.”

Trade you Fleet Street for the Electric Company? ๐Ÿ˜›

Murdoch as jumped the shark.

If Murdoch thinks he can pick a fight with Google, he’s daft. Google:

1. is bigger than News Corp — its market capitalisation is 5.5 times as much

2. is not hated my wide sections of the population, particularly the better-educated sections

3. understands the internet. Unlike Murdoch.

Let me see….
So, if you go to some of the viral sections on the Sun’s website, showing a pic which The Sun has absolutely no claim to, e.g. http://bit.ly/ZXo0c
and want to save a picture by right clicking on one, you get a message saying:
“Copyright 2008 News Group Newspapers Ltd and/or its licensors. No use without permission. Contact enquiries@nisyndication.com
Does Rupert claim “Fair Theft”?

@7 Don’t forget – Google:

4. is not a decrepit old cunt who is going to drop dead at long last in the next year or two


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