A Look At All The Sites Owned By Rupert Murdoch That 'Steal' Content
from the who-ya-gonna-block-now,-rupert? dept
As Rupert Murdoch talks about how he wants to cut off Google, while claiming that aggregator sites are “parasites” and “stealing” from him — and that fair use would likely be barred by the courts, it seemed like a good time to examine at least some of the sites that are owned by Rupert Murdoch that appear to aggregate content from other sites and which rely on the very same fair use argument. We’ve mentioned a few in the past, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to explore them more thoroughly.
Well, let’s start with the flagship Wall Street Journal itself. It integrates its own “aggregator” with headlines and links to other stories. For example, on the WSJ’s tech news page if you scroll down, you’ll find a bunch of headlines and links to other sources — without permission:
Okay, how about Fox News itself? Yup. It’s got an aggregator as well. Here’s its Politics Buzztracker that aggregates and links to stories from a variety of different publications, including the NY Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC and others:
Then we’ve got the folks over at AllThingsD, who I actually think do excellent work, and who have built up a nice part of their site called “Voices.” I actually quite like this and find it useful (and yes, every so often, they are kind enough to “parasite” one of my posts). In fact, it helps keep AllThingsD in my RSS reader because it’s so useful. But, damn, if that doesn’t look just like what Murdoch is complaining about. Not only does it have headlines, but also a fair bit of intro text (no summary, no commentary) and even the links are hidden at the bottom, rather than using the headlines as links:
Some other IGN sites don’t quite have aggregators, but I do find it interesting that they’ve integrated in Google search, such that you could do searches for things across the web and have them remain in a totally News Corp./IGN-branded experience. Effectively, on these pages, Murdoch’s own properties are able to “parasite” back Google’s own “parasite” engine. Here are two examples: