Google says Murdoch stories can be taken off

Nov 10, 2009
Google has said -- in response to threats by Rupert Murdoch to ban the search engine from listing content from his news empire -- that any company could ask to have stories taken off.

Google said on Tuesday, in response to threats by Rupert Murdoch to ban the search engine from listing content from his news empire, that any company could ask to have stories taken off.

In an interview in his native Australia, Murdoch accused Google of stealing stories from . newspapers for the Google News service, and said he might ban them once he introduces charges for the papers' online editions.

Google said it was up to individual news organisations to decide whether they wanted their stories listed on Google News, and there were "simple technical standards" that would remove them if they wished.

"News organisations are in complete control over whether and how much of their appears in search results," it said said in a statement issued in London.

"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."

It added: "If publishers want their content to be removed from specifically all they need to do it tell us."

Google said its news listings service and web searches were a "tremendous source of promotion" for news organisations, sending them "about 100,000 clicks every minute".

It added that Google News's approach was "fully consistent with copyright law", as it only showed the headline, short snippet of the story and a link to the publishers' site where readers could read the full version.

News Corp owns an enormous number of newspapers around the world including The Australian, the New York Post and The Times of London, and is planning to soon charge all its online readers.

(c) 2009 AFP

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Corban
5 / 5 (3) Nov 10, 2009
If News Corp demands it be taken down, it loses referrals. If it chickens out, then its platform is seen as mere posturing at Google's expense.

Well played, Brin and Page.
LenSteenkamp
5 / 5 (3) Nov 11, 2009
Google should go one step further: remove Murdoch's papers from Google News - let's hear him squeal then!
jerryd
5 / 5 (2) Nov 11, 2009

Murdoch's a loser. He only got ahead by being a legal bully. But not using google is stupid. I can't wait until he dies so his right wing bias goes away into something that actually is fair and balanced.

He's done more for yellow/biased journalism than anyone else but China. Great company Murdoch!!
Bob_B
Nov 11, 2009
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rjm1percent
not rated yet Dec 06, 2009
Exactly, he's put himself in a great situation now hasn't he? If Murdoch demanded the removal of News Corp from Google, he would be losing the already dwindling revenue he's currently got. The only resolution he could get is if he bought out Google, ha ha ha.

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