Thursday, December 3, 2009

Interesting BBC News piece

If you're interested in media issues check out this BBC News special piece on the state of the newspaper industry in relation to Google aggregation of content:

From BBC World Service:

The internet search giant Google has detailed plans to limit the number of online newspaper articles its users can read for free.

Previously Google would allow access to unlimited content.
News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch

Mr Murdoch has accused firms such as Google of profiting from journalism

But Rupert Murdoch in particular, the owner of News Corporation, has been a strong critic of the practice, claiming that Google and other companies are profiting from the work of others.

From now on, Google users will be limited to five news stories per day from some sources.

Emily Bell is the director of digital content for a competitor to News Corporation, the Guardian.

Let's see how this whole "monetizing" thing goes. Let me tell you, I just came back from the Black Friday sales last week and people are still in search of a deal. Trust me. They don't want to pay any more than they have to. It seems at this point that putting walls on previously gratis stories will only drive readers elsewhere.

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