Is Google Stealing?

Rupert Murdoch, head of the international media company News Corp.,  recently challenged Google’s right to use the content of his publications. He proposed an arrangement that would make the news stories produced by his organization available exculsively to bing, for a fee.

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“Whether we’re in print or electronics, the important thing in journalism is finding out what needs to be found out,” says Harold Evans, 81, in Toronto to promote his memoir My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times.

Harold Evans, esteemed U.K. newspaper editor, weighed in on the debate. “Google has shown insufficient appreciation of original work. For instance, they thought they could get away with the idea of taking books in copyright and making them available for nothing,” he said. “It was outrageous, but they didn’t seem to realize how outrageous it was.”

The article goes on to discuss the future of journalism both online and in print. Evans said he believes journalism’s revenue should be protected as well as creative rights.

What do you think? Is Murdoch out of line in his comments to Google? Do you think that journalism needs to be protected? Has the industry already ruined any chance of protecting its revenue online? Check out the full article here.

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2 responses to “Is Google Stealing?

  1. How can Evans be wrong accusing Google with little appreciation for original work, because content is scattered across the internet. Google isn’t the only violator; websites in every corner of the digital world add to the free information, taking away from purchasing transactions.
    If something is free instead of cost, wouldn’t most people chose free?
    As for newspapers, they put so much online, the hardcopy stories are less attractive. By the time the hardcopies publish, the whole story is online.
    This online content is freely-viewable, and news media are closing any window opening in the future to charge for content coverage.
    If we go completely digital, how will news media get revenue to pay the bills?

    • I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. Google is far from being the only search engine on the Internet that “rips off” original works and sells them for free on the World Wide Web. This happens every day on a million different sites. We’re living in a day and age where you can take a movie that hasn’t even been released to theaters yet and download a ripped file onto a DVD–watching it in the confines of your own home, for free. If Evans is going to attack Google, he might as well attack the World Wide Web as a whole. We unfortunately live in an economy where if it ain’t free, we ain’t paying.

      That being said, I don’t necessarily think Evans was out of line. I just think he was misguided, perhaps. I believe journalism should definitely be protected, like anything else. The task of actually doing this will be next to impossible, however. I think we’ve far surpassed the threshold, making it difficult–but not entirely impossible–for the media to protect its revenue online.

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