Murdoch battles 'content kleptomaniacs' in Beijing

News Corp. head, Rupert Murdoch, has again spoken out against free news content on the web, now calling search engines such as Google and Yahoo “content kleptomaniacs”.

Murdoch was speaking at the World Media Summit in Beijing and promised that “the aggregators and plagiarists will soon have to pay the price for the co-opting of our content”, while other News Corp executives have called search engines “vampires” and “tapeworms” the Independent reports.

The call to take control of online news was supported by Associated Press head, Tom Curley, and Gavin O’Reilly, CEO of Independent News & Media.

Google say they encourage people to click onto a newspaper website, and only provide a snippet of news to promote 300 million hits a month on news websites.




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