Saturday, April 30, 2011

Gordon in the morning: Last night's television

Obviously, most of this morning's newspapers are just detailed explanations of what was on the television yesterday, so it's perhaps in keeping that Gordon Smart is reduced to more-or-less transcribing chunks of yesterday's Graham Norton show.

I wonder how Gordon's boss Rupert Murdoch would feel about that?

He told a National Press Club event at George Washington University that the newspaper industry had to stand up for itself and charge for content while using copyright law to defend its journalism from being used without permission.

"We are going to stop people like Google or Microsoft or whoever from taking stories for nothing … there is a law of copyright and they recognise it," Murdoch told a packed audience of students, journalists and other media professionals.

He said search engines had tapped into a "river of gold" by aggregating content but that the days of free news had to come to an end. "They take [news content] for nothing. They have got this very clever business model," he said.
God, yes, Rupert. How awful that people use other people's content without paying. When will you tell Gordon to stop doing that, exactly?


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