Less than 24 hours after I made the comparison between Google and newsagents in yeterday’s post, Matt Brittin, managing director of Google UK, makes that very same point in front of a committee of MPs:
“It’s wrong to paint us as stealing content. We are, if you like, a virtual newsagent…
“In a physical newsagent’s, newspapers will pay the newsagent to have their newspapers in the shop. We don’t charge anybody for this service. This is a free service.”
And this story looks like it quietly kills off the idea that search engines might pay publishers for exclusive content idea.