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    April 08, 2007


    Michael A. Banks

    A bit late here, but ...

    Zell hasn't done his homework. What about the income newspapers take in from ProQuest and other info providers who sell access to historic and more recent newspaper content? (Zell's Chicago Tribune is available through ProQuest's Historical Newspapers collection.) Some newspapers, cut off access to stories that search engines find within a few days of their appearance. The searcher then has to go to a pay site to retrieve the article in question.

    Google and other search engines are in effect generating income for the newspapers (at least from those individuals who are willing to pay to see an article). This, in addition to increasing traffic to newspaper Web sites.

    All that aside, I am certain that few searchers would be willing to pay for stories that they can access free--especially if they couldn't find the stories because they aren't "finable" by search engines.
    --Michael A. Banks

    Iulian Comanescu

    What Google does is valuable in terms of content, because concentration or synthesis arount the facts, in spite of the automated method. This is why it had such a success. Newspapers won't be able to cope with it. One could also argue that information is free, and only the form is subject of copyright - and the links bulk presented by around every event or fact is a separate content unit. Probably they might start to edit their headlines and the case will be closed.

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