September 25, 2014 Last Updated 10:15 am

Google responds again to Rupert Murdoch’s claim that company is promoter of online piracy

But can’t help take a swipe at the media mogul by linking to his own newspaper, The Sun

One week ago, responding to a News Corp complaint to the European commission which called Google a “platform for piracy,” the search giant took a snarky approach. Google issued a statement that read “Phew what a scorcher! Murdoch accuses Google of eating his hamster,” a referenced to headline from the front page of The Sun.

Today Google followed-up with a point-by-point rebuttal of News Corp’s accusation that “the shining vision of Google’s founders has been replaced by a cynical management.”

“The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high-quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society,” wrote Robert Thomson is Chief Executive of News Corp.


Google holds mirror up to News Corp

In both responses by Google, the company is pointing to Rupert Murdoch as the author of the complaint, not News Corp’s chief executive.

Writing on its Europe blog, Google said the company “has worked hard to help publishers succeed online — both in terms of generating new audiences and also increasing their digital revenues. Our search products drive over 10 billion clicks a month to 60,000 publishers’ websites, and we share billions of dollars annually with advertising publishing partners. We’ve also created a digital store on Android — Google Play — that lets news publishers offer their publications for purchase or subscription.”

Google also outlined its efforts to combat piracy, stating that it had removed 222 million web pages from its search results due to copyright infringement.

One of News Corp’s complaints directly involves access to new versions of Android: “Google has developed a “certification” process for Android-related products which allows it to delay or deny content companies and other businesses access to the mobile operating system, while giving itseIf the freedom to develop competing products.”

Google said that “Android is an open-source operating system that can be used free-of-charge by anyone. You don’t need Google’s permission. If hardware manufacturers want to offer applications via Google Play, our digital apps store, we simply ask that they meet a minimum technical standard to ensure these apps run smoothly and securely across a range of Android-powered devices. This is good for users and for app developers. Many manufacturers, including Amazon and Nokia, choose to install their own apps stores on their Android-based devices.”

But responding to the charge from News Corp that Google’s actions “will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society,” the search giant could not help itself, and linked to the front page of one of Murdoch’s own newspapers – again The Sun, which provides critics of News Corp with
plenty of ammunition.

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