The announcement by Google that publishers of online news sites are to be allowed to limit readers who access their websites via its search engine to five free articles per day comes after influential News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has voiced his opposition to the ability of people to consistently view what he has described as “high quality reliable news and information” without any form of payment being necessary. As AFP reports his irritation with the situation has led Mr Murdoch, currently attending a two-day meeting of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, to consider preventing Google from indexing his publications.
The Wall Street Journal, published by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corporation, is one newspaper which does require online readers to pay a subscription but as The Business Insider confirms that subscription can be avoided by accessing the Journal through Google or Google News. Mr Murdoch has spoken of how Google and other news aggregator sites “steal” stories yet do not share advertising revenue with the publishers from whom they obtain those stories. There has been talk of Mr Murdoch reaching a deal with Microsoft whereby Bing, the search engine recently introduced by Microsoft, would be the only search engine with access to News Corporation websites.
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