8. Robert Murdoch Blames Google For Newspaper Decline
Date: April 11, 2010
Someone had to play the bad guy during the newspaper circulation downturn and what better company than Google to point the finger at. News Corp. founder Rubert Murdoch addressed the tech giant during his speech at the Cable Show, claiming the search engine has profited from his media empire and other publishers content, offering no royalties in return: "The question is, should we be allowing Google to steal all our copyright...not steal, but take." Google has been a firm believer of fair-use and retaliated by saying that its helped push web traffic to all News Corp. sites. Murdoch has since implemented a new pay system for readers to access content on his most popular publications like the Wall Street Journal. We're siding with Google on this one?