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.
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.