Murdoch may block Google searches of Newscorp, Fox news contents

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by tmarket, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. News Corp owns Fox news, the Times and Sun newspapers in the UK and the New York Post and Wall Street Journal in the US.

    Perhaps too much media control is in the hand of the sith lord.


    Rupert Murdoch has said he will try to block Google from using news content from his companies.

    The billionaire told Sky News Australia he will explore ways to remove stories from Google's search indexes, including Google News.

    Mr Murdoch's News Corp had previously said it would start charging online customers across all its websites.

    He believes that search engines cannot legally use headlines and paragraphs of news stories as search results.

    "There's a doctrine called 'fair use', which we believe to be challenged in the courts and would bar it altogether," Mr Murdoch told the TV channel. "But we'll take that slowly."

    Mr Murdoch announced earlier this year that the websites of his news organisations would begin charging for access.

    The target had been for all its sites to charge by June next year, but indications are that this is now unlikely.

    News Corp owns the Times and Sun newspapers in the UK and the New York Post and Wall Street Journal in the US.

    Newspapers across the world are considering the best way to make money from the internet, particularly in a time of falling advertising revenues.

    The risk is that charges may alienate readers who have become used to free content and deter advertisers.
  2. Fractal


    That is excellent news. Let him opt out of progress and reduce people's exposure to his agenda-driven "news" at the same.

    Despite Murdoch's takeover, the WSJ is not terribly bad, and doesn't need the exposure anyway to retain market share. But the rest of his media empire is a cancer on society.
  3. spinn


    if that were the cae why are Fox news ratings many times higher than the so called main strame media:
  4. Good luck with that strategy.
  5. ddefina


    It seems a lot of the popular WSJ articles are locked anyways, except for a couple paragraphs, without a subscription. How will he feed people to these pay articles?
  6. Exactly. He won't be doing himself any favors by blocking search engines. Methinks it's a lot of posturing over something he can't really do much about. Just like the attacks on the BBC for "unfair competition"