Belgian Newspapers Ask To Be Banned From MSN As Well
from the take-us-down! dept
In their ongoing effort to get less traffic by making it more difficult for people to find them, a group representing French and German language newspapers in Belgian has taken their "success" in getting Google to remove them from their index to now go after Microsoft as well, sending a cease-and-desist letter concerning MSN's news search site. They claim that MSN has been far more cooperative in engaging them in discussions -- though the article also notes that MSN has started removing the Belgian publications as well. The Belgian publishers claim that all they want is a "win-win" solution, but they already had that: these news search engines drove more traffic to them which they had every opportunity to use to make money. Hopefully MSN realizes they should call the publishers' bluff, as should Yahoo and any other search engines. Then, once they're no longer findable online, we'll see how "win-win" the solution is. How hard is it for these publishers to realize that search engines give them traffic for free, and that this helps them?