Gavin O’Reilly calls for Google to respect copyright

By By Ian Burrell, The Independent, 4th Dec’09 (Incase you missed it)

The President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Gavin O’Reilly, has called on Google to respect the principle of copyright and accept a new protocol on the way it reproduces content.

O’Reilly, who is also the chief executive officer of Independent News & Media, owners of The Independent, said that the search engine needed to understand that copyright law was established 300 years ago and could not simply be abandoned. “Copyright is not some intellectual abstract – it is the law – and I’d suggest that Google needs to start to work in good faith to find solutions that enshrine copyright, not abuse it,” he told an audience in Hyderabad, India.

Addressing the World Newspaper Congress, O’Reilly said the issue was critical to the survival of news content providers. “Media business models – almost without exception – are dependent on copyright; they always have been and always will be.”

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