Japanese Newspaper Says No To Google News
from the short-term-stupidity dept
Earlier this year, a technical glitch had people thinking that CMP was blocking visitors from Google News -- though that turned out not to be true. However, over in Japan, that's exactly what's happening where Yomiuri Shimbun has banned Google News from linking to them. First they're upset about "copyright issues" concerning headlines. Of course, you may recall that we discussed exactly this issue back in March, where a Japanese court ruled that you couldn't copyright headlines. However, the second issue brings back the same issue that keeps showing up, no matter how many times you think everyone understands: deep linking. The newspaper is upset that people might go directly to the news they want, as opposed to visiting the front page first. This is short-term thinking. There are a lot of news sites out there, and the ones that make it more difficult to get to what people want will lose out. Instead of driving more people to a front page, it will drive fewer people to their overall website. It's a little worrisome that a modern news agency would actually turn away one of biggest channels that could drive them traffic.