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Google hits back at copyright stealing claims

Search engines says it supports newspaper through advertising

Google has hit back at The Associated Press (AP) after its said online news aggregators such as Google's News service, should pay to use content and that it was planning to sue the search engine for stealing its copyrights.

"We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work," said AP chairman Dean Singleton.

However, according to Eric Schmidt, CEO at Google, the way newspapers initially embraced the internet was good, but the industry has since failed to keep up to datewith the needs of consumers.

"I would encourage everybody to think in terms of what your reader wants. These are ultimately consumer businesses and if you piss off enough of them, you will not have any more," Schmidt said.

"From our perspective there is always a tension around fair use and fair use is a balance of interest in favour of the consumer."

Google also said in a blog it compensates the websites it collates news from in the form of advertising.

"We drive traffic and provide advertising in support of all business models - whether news sources choose to host the articles with us or on their own websites," said Alexander Macgillvray, Google's associate general counsel for products and intellectual property, in a blog.


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