Just what, exactly, is Rupert Murdoch thinking? First, he announces that all of News Corp’s websites will erect paywalls like the one employed by the Wall Street Journal… Then, he announced that Google and other search engines were “plagiarists” who “rip off” Newscorp’s content, and that once the paywalls are up… he’ll be blocking Google and the other “parasites” from his sites, making all of News Corp’s properties invisible to search engines. Then, as a kind of loonie cherry atop a banana split with extra crazy sauce, Rupert announces that “fair use is illegal” and he’ll be abolishing it shortly.
What is he thinking? We’ll never know, of course, but I have a theory.