Murdoch Says Fair Use Can Be Barred By Courts; Will Probably Remove Sites From Google
from the suicide-squeeze dept
And we thought that perhaps — just perhaps — Rupert Murdoch was coming to his senses with the plan to delay putting up a paywall. Turns out that may have been wishful thinking. Mathew Ingram alerts us to the news that Murodch has suggested that News Corp. might actually remove its sites from Google. Of course, I won’t actually believe it until it happens, but he has had his minions going around slamming Google even as News Corp. offers its own aggregators. But actually following through and removing News Corp’s sites from Google would be a huge step to take — though one right off the side of a big cliff. Still, I’m sure it would make for a fun case study.
In the meantime, his explanation is really quite stunning. He claims that he believes fair use is a concept that the courts will reject:
“There’s a doctrine called fair use, which we believe to be challenged in the courts and would bar it altogether…”
Wow. Of course, if that’s true, then (again) we need to point out that News Corp. has been making use of fair use for years with its own aggregators. In fact, most news organizations regularly make use of fair use. Perhaps News Corps’ lawyers who work in their news divisions might want to sit Murdoch down and explain the importance of fair use from a reporting perspective. They might also want to point him to the history of fair use within copyright law, in case he thinks it’s something that was just made up yesterday.