Google Responds to Rupert Murdoch

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Google has responded to Rupert Murdoch’s claim that his News Corp sites would likely block Google from indexing them once they move to a for-pay model… and the response is excellent.

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Murdoch had, in the past, essentially accused news aggregators like Google of living off the content that companies like News Corp paid to have produced. Murdoch seemed to be of the opinion that Google should, for some reason, be paying news sites to display their content, rather than getting a “free ride.” This is what led to the claim yesterday that Murdoch might have his sites removed from Google’s indexes.

Murdoch’s exact statement, according to the Telegraph, essentially said, “The people who simply just pick up everything and run with it – steal our stories, we say they steal our stories – they just take them. That’s Google, that’s Microsoft, that’s Ask.com, a whole lot of people … they shouldn’t have had it free all the time, and I think we’ve been asleep.”

The response from Google is pretty much exactly the same as the responses from just about everyone else with an understanding of how the internet at large works when it comes to content. According to the Telegraph, a Google spokesman said,

“Google News and web search are a tremendous source of promotion for news organisations, sending them about 100,000 clicks every minute… Publishers put their content on the web because they want it to be found, so very few choose not to include their material in Google News and web search. But if they tell us not to include it, we don’t.”

So, now all we have to do is wait and see if Murdoch responds to Google at all… in truth we don’t really expect News Corp to be delisted from Google intentionally. It seems a very silly move to make, but it wouldn’t be the first time a massive company has made a serious misstep when it comes to web based stuff.

You can read more over at the Telegraph, it’s a strange situation, but Google seems relatively happy to ditch News Corp’s sites from its listings.

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3 Responses to “Google Responds to Rupert Murdoch”

  1. Shane Says:

    “This entry was posted on November 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm”

    You’re in the future, dude!

    Is there flying cars?

  2. Shane Says:

    Ahh crap the timestamp is also an hour off for my comment.

    Will make me look completely ridiculous once 1.48pm has actually passed.

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