Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp: Google is a ‘platform for piracy’

“Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp weighed into the debate over a proposed European Union settlement with Google Inc. — urging Brussels to throw out the settlement and calling Google a ‘platform for piracy,'” Tom Fairless reports for MarketWatch.

“In a letter to EU antitrust chief Joaquín Almunia on Sept. 8 — disclosed by the company Wednesday — News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson echoed other critics of Google’s search functions, saying it ‘systematically diverts users away from relevant sites to its own related sites for commercial reasons,'” Fairless reports. “In an open letter published in April, Axel Springer’s Chief Executive Matthias Doepfner argued that publishing houses were ‘afraid of Google’ and described the proposed antitrust settlement as ‘EU-sanctioned…protection money.'”

Fairless reports, “In his own letter, Mr. Thomson said the proposed settlement ‘won’t resolve existing problems, yet alone deal with fast-developing challenges that will inevitably become serious issues over coming years.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Martin” for the heads up.]


  1. This just emphasizes why Duck Duck Go, Blekko and others are valuable tools for real searches where you need real results and not just the ones that Google is paid to give to you.

    I know we can dig far enough into any search engine results to find things, but Google causes me to waste time, so I hit their competition first.

          1. You’re so intelligent and persuasive. /s

            Seeing as you’re possibly the #1 clueless, ventriloquist dummy for the neo-con-job around here, injecting your bullshit into randomly into entirely unrelated threads around MDN, of course I PICK on YOU.

            Keep ruining MDN with your readings of the weekely Neo-Con-Job talking points and you can keep expecting my PICKING on YOU. I don’t like spam. I don’t like propagandists. I don’t like liars. You’re spewing all of the above.

  2. This is why I do not use ANY Google products. I do not want them reading my emails before me, reading my messages and serving up information to me that they get paid to send me. Just do not use any Google products and they become irrelevant which they already are.

  3. Pot, meet kettle.

    Setting aside crooked and destructive News Corp’s statements, this is a very legitimate issue. I don’t care for the ‘strange bed fellow’, but I do care about Google’s trickery and domination of the Internet.

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