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Google’s Schmidt To Newspaper Publishers: Don’t ‘Piss Off’ Consumers

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Someone called the appearance of *Google* Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt as the closing keynote for the annual meeting of newspaper publishers “a twist of fate.” Poppycock. It’s as orchestrated as a routine on Dancing with the Stars. The Associated Press board and executives certainly knew when they announced a campaign to “protect” news content yesterday — with Google (NSDQ: GOOG) as lightening rod — that Schmidt would be the coda for the Newspaper Association of America conference concluding today in San Diego.

And what does Schmidt have to say about AP? Responding to a question after his speech: “We at Google have a multimillion-dollar deal with the Associated Press not only to distribute their content but also to host it on our servers.” That’s why, he added, “I was a little confused by all of the excitement in the news in the last 24 hours. I’m not sure what they were referring to. We have a very, very successful deal with AP and hope that will continue for many, many years.”

But Schmidt came down harder on concerns about intellectual property and fair use: “From our perspective, we look at this pretty thoroughly and there is always a tension around fair use

5 Responses to “Google’s Schmidt To Newspaper Publishers: Don’t ‘Piss Off’ Consumers”

  1. who pass out of engineering and science colleges are interested about software testing as a career. When I passed out at a time when the IT had started to boom back in India, most of the fresh graduates with whom I interacted didn’t even know there existed jobs or careers like software testing.

  2. "I’m not sure what they were referring to"

    I'm sure the people at Associated Press don't know either, really. But it sure sounded scary so I guess they won.

  3. Nathan R

    AP should allow for a set of members that include Google, Yahoo, Microsoft & AOL given they are the future of APs survival. Schmidt hammered home the need to focus on the consumer preferences — how, where and when they want to consumer content. Rather than take the buried head and legalistic approach of the traditionalist, he is taking a tear down your wall approach.