Rupert Murdoch Plans to Block Online News from Google

Rupert Murdoch

In a move to get readers pay for online news content, media mogul Rupert Murdoch plans to block popular search engines like Google, Yahoo!, and Bing from listing content from The Sun, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

In an interview with Sky News Australia, Murdoch accuses search engines of "stealing" content from online news sites.  His plan to make online news content a premium service is already being applied to WSJ.com (the website of Wall Street Journal), wherein readers can only access the first paragraph from any story along with a subscription form.

"(Search engines) shouldn’t have had (our stories) free all the time and I think we’ve been asleep," the Wall Street Journal CEO and chairman said in the interview.  "There’s a doctrine called ‘fair use,’ which we believe to be challenged in the courts and would bar it altogether, but we’ll take that slowly."

This comes after Murdoch stated his plans on charging iPhone and BlackBerry users between US$1 to $2 a week when accessing online news content on their mobile phones.  He also confirmed plans to add pay-per-view options and subscription plans to Hulu, an online video service that offers hit TV shows in the United States.  The service is currently being offered for free.

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