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22 November 2017 05:52 (South Africa)

Murdoch really, really doesn’t like search engines and aggregators; AP boss agrees

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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At a media conference in Beijing, NewsCorp’s Rupert Murdoch and the Associated Press’s Tom Curley pretty much agreed that search engines and aggregators are the worst scourge of modern media business. Murdoch called them “content kleptomaniacs” who will soon “have to pay the price”. He didn’t exactly elaborate on how he intends doing this. His prime possession, The Wall Street Journal, is successfully charging for content online, but revenues are nowhere near the amounts necessary for running the vast news organisation. AP’s boss Curley reported that AP is planning a “game-changing move” based on three P’s: Protect, Point and Pay. It envisages better protection of content, better organisation so others can point better and far better payment solutions. We’ll soon see what comes of it. And will somebody please explain what does Google steal by pointing to WSJ or AP’s stories?

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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