Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, has issued another idle threat in response to what Murdoch perceives to be theft of information. Apparently, he wants News Corp. content removed from Google, because Google is not paying him to index content, and in connection with his idea of requiring visitors to pay to access said content. According to Google, this is not a problem…
Obvious to nearly anybody who has run a web site, it’s easy to block referrers and search engines from indexing sites. News Corp. could simply block Google via a robots.txt file. That would be step one for Murdoch. But, it seems, he would rather issue a public statement declaring his ignorance about the Internet.
And, in a statement issued by Google, all he had to do was ask…
“News organisations [sic] are in complete control over whether and how much of their content 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 Google News specifically all they need to do it tell us.”
Google also mentioned that not only are they in full compliance with copyright laws, but they also provide a huge amount of free publicity and traffic to such news organizations, “about 100,000 clicks every minute.”