Google’s Copyright Issues

Today the Wall Street Journal reports that Belgium courts have ordered Google to stop publishing their news content.

This is absolutely ridiculous.

Currently, Google News offers news aggregation services to its users. If the content is available for free and not behind a password, Google will find it. The newspapers who have been losing money hand-over-fist for years since the internet became the information conduit of choice feels that by Google (or anyone else) linking to within their website they lose money by virtue of not having control over the user. For instance, a user would normally have to go to their website home page (see advertisement there), and click through to find the information they need (seeing advertisements along the way). They object to Google taking the user direct to the information they need.

The newspapers should be happy that Google even sends them the traffic in the first place!

In the midst of all of this legal mess the fact that Google allows websites, including those newspapers, to opt out of Google’s listings. That would stop their content from showing up in Google all together.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Thomas Korkoske October 11, 2006 at 6:44 pm

I couldn’t agree more, what is it about opting out these newspaper people fail to understand?


CWD February 4, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I don’t know, Tom. Their entire revenue is based off of visitors seeing ads. Why not embrace the traffic?


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