Posts Tagged ‘news aggregators’

Murdoch urges reforms to stem online copyright free riding

March 11th, 2010

James Murdoch, the head of News Corp.’s European and Asian operations, has urged governments to do more to protect copyright online. He is reported to have said “There’s no difference between stealing a bag of Pringles or a handbag, or stealing material on the Web”. He made these comments at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.

Newspapers such as the Financial Times and the New York Times are looking at ways to monetize their content due to losses in advertising such as by charging for access over the Internet. However, it is hard to compete with “free”, especially when the “free” content is your own content that others are copying, aggregating, indexing, and otherwise exploiting without paying for it.