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The media mogul says Google is stealing from publishers. It could be the call to arms that newsrooms need.
Rupert Murdoch threw down the gauntlet to Google Thursday, accusing the search giant of poaching content it doesn't own and urging media outlets to fight back. "Should we be allowing Google to steal all our copyrights?" asked the News Corp. chief at a cable industry confab in Washington, D.C., Thursday. The answer, said Murdoch, should be, " 'Thanks, but no thanks.' "
Google ( GOOG - news - people ) sees it differently. They send more than 300 million clicks a month to newspaper Web sites, says a Google spokesperson. The search giant is in "full compliance" with copyright laws. "We show just enough information to make the user want to read a full story--the headlines, a line or two of text and links to the story's Web site. That's it." For most links, if a reader wants to peruse an entire article, they have to click through to the newspaper's Web site.