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Google CEO Eric Schmidt to newspaper moguls: don't "piss off" readers by charging for content
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a harsh warning for newspapers wanting to remove content from Google

Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch recently called for news websites to start charging readers.  He blasted Google, stating, "The question is, should we be allowing Google to steal all our copyright... not steal, but take. Not just them but Yahoo."

Google News has long been one of the most popular news aggregators, gathering news from the likes of the Associated Press, The New York Times, and Reuters.  All of this content is offered to readers for free, though readers provide a steady source of advertising revenue that frequently surpasses that of print news.  But that just isn't enough, according to Mr. Murdoch.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has offered up a fiery rebuke to Rupert Murdoch's comments.  He states, "
I would encourage everybody to think in terms of what your reader wants.  These are ultimately consumer businesses and if you piss off enough of them, you will not have any more."

Mr. Schmidt says that Google's content is "fair use", stating, "
From our perspective there is always a tension around fair use and fair use is a balance of interest in favor of the consumer."

He thinks that newspapers and magazines initially pushed for open web access, but are now turning their backs on this pro-customer mentality.  He states, "
You guys did a superb job, and the act after that is a harder question."

Alexander Macgillivray, Google's intellectual property counsel also admonished Mr. Murdoch's accusations of theft, writing, "Users like me are sent from different Google sites to newspaper websites at a rate of more than a billion clicks per month.  These clicks go to news publishers large and small, domestic and international - day and night.  And once a reader is on the newspaper's site, we work hard to help them earn revenue. Our AdSense program pays out millions of dollars to newspapers that place ads on their sites, and our goal is that our interest-based advertising technology will help newspapers make more from each click we send them by serving better, more relevant ads to their readers to generate higher returns."

As to accusations that readers only peruse Google News and don't travel to the source sites, he adds, "In all cases, for news articles we've crawled and indexed but do not host, we show users just enough to make them want to read more - the headline, a "snippet" of a line or two of text and a link back to to the news publisher's website."

Ultimately the battle between Google and news moguls may heat up as the economy continues to struggle.  After years of glutting themselves on a steady diet of subscriptions and advertising, the print news business is seeing advertising move online and subscriptions disappearing.  Afraid of this change, many of the news industry's biggest offline players may lash out at the likes of Google, but ultimately they may just be biting the hand that feeds and worsening their plight.

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RE: I have a dream
By Spuke on 4/8/2009 3:44:29 PM , Rating: 5
He asked for the ABILITY to filter not for Google to do the filtering. Reading comprehension fails you.

RE: I have a dream
By sapiens74 on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: I have a dream
By SiliconJon on 4/8/2009 4:15:40 PM , Rating: 2
You fail comprehension on multiple fronts - a big fan of Fox, yes?

Failure #1: The removal of Fox from Google and Yahoo would be at their request. Call google a thief: drop their content and see them come crawling back on their knees - it doesn't matter to which side they're a wingnut. It's not that I'm a left wing conspirator.

Failure #2: I see Fox as a tabloid. And while not the only tabloid, they're the worst on my list, so my ignoring them as a source is my way of demanding they straighten their act out since $$ is all they understand.

Failure # 3: Ann Coulter is not a conservative except only by the growing molested use of the word. She's more like a crack head.

BTW, what is your definition of "liberal"?

RE: I have a dream
By montgom on 4/9/2009 8:31:16 PM , Rating: 1
You asked

"BTW, what is your definition of "liberal"? " You wrote......... Failure # 3: Ann Coulter is not a conservative except only by the growing molested use of the word. She's more like a crack head.
"BTW, what is your definition of "liberal"? "

Answer: A Liberal is someone who practices personal attacks, such as you directed to Ann Coulter.

RE: I have a dream
By Etsp on 4/18/2009 1:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
You DO realize that by that definition, just about EVERYBODY on fox is a liberal? (To be fair, CNN too...)

RE: I have a dream
By Spuke on 4/8/2009 4:51:07 PM , Rating: 5
And again the ability to filter is your job?
And again you fail to understand what the poster is asking for. Why should he ignore ALL of Google News if he simply wants a friggin button on the site that eliminates fox news content? He can still read all of the other content which is want he wants. This all or nothing stuff is retarded. He just wants a button to ignore the content he does NOT want. Comprende? Capiche?

RE: I have a dream
By sapiens74 on 4/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: I have a dream
By nixoofta on 4/8/2009 6:41:59 PM , Rating: 5
"Screw you guys,....I'm goin' home."


RE: I have a dream
By Boze on 4/9/2009 3:52:59 PM , Rating: 1
You shouldn't click on this thread anymore because multiple people are making you look like the dumbass you apparently are.

It would be in your interest to admit you misunderstood and move on with your life, thereby allowing the rest of us to stop having to admonish you for being a pig-headed fool, and allowing you to retain some of your dignity and redeem yourself in the eyes of DailyTech readership.

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