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AP, News Corp Want Search Engines to Pay for Content

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AP, News Corp Want Search Engines to Pay for Content

Both the Associated Press and News Corp’s and perhaps the whole news organizations are probably realizing that many online news aggregators including search engines have been profiting from their contents. And so, leaders of these two news organization said that, perhaps may be it’s time for search engines and others who use their content to pay some fees. Fair deal? Both AP’s Tom Curley and News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch believe that online news companies have reaped so much fortune from their news articles, photos and video. The sad thing is these companies do not compensate AP, Newscorp and other news content producing companies with any kind of premium.

“We content creators have been too slow to react to the free exploitation of news by third parties without input or permission,” AP’s CEO Tom Curley said.

News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch was a little bit harsh on his statement:

“The aggregators and plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content. But if we do not take advantage of the current movement toward paid content, it will be the content creators — the people in this hall — who will pay the ultimate price and the content kleptomaniacs who triumph.”

To carry out its objective of making search engines and other content users, AP is said to be rolling out a news registry, a new system that will tracks its content online and detect unlicensed users. The said news registry will be tested in six weeks none other online newspapers.

For its part, News Corp. has been planning and looking into ways charging users for its online content particularly the New York Post and Times of London. It’s online subscription scheme for the Wall Street Journal has been pretty successful around 1 million subscribers to date.

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