Newspapers To Govt: Make Google Pay For Our Content

The UK newspaper business has called on the government to stop Google (NSDQ: GOOG) using its content, or else pay up for it. With publishers in an economic hole, The Newspaper Society and the Society Of Editors wrote to culture secretary Andy Burnham with “a list of urgent action points to help the local media industry”.

From the letter: “Recognising that news gathering, the collection of raw material for any media organisation, is especially expensive, ministers could look urgently for effective ways in which Google and others could be prevented from profiting from third party content without recompense to or consent from those who generated the material. This would also be of value to other parts of the media.”

It’s a familiar refrain. Google News lost a court case brought in 2007 by Belgian newspaper association Copiepresse, which sought <a href="" title="