And you wonder why the Seattle Times is dying?
Google is getting rich packaging content owned by magazines and newspapers and not paying for it. At some point, Google should have to pay.
Yeah, that’s right, Frank… it’s all Google’s fault. Your paper’s declining fortunes have nothing to do with your own managment decisions and your inability to adequately respond to a changing marketplace. So let’s get Congress to pass a law forcing Google to prop up your business by paying a royalty for the privilege of driving you traffic. And while you’re at it, you better charge me a royalty too, since we parasitic bloggers do nothing but freeload off your content.
The fact is, Google isn’t getting rich linking to content, it’s getting rich selling ads. And as long as the Times keeps pointing fingers instead of focusing on creating a more compelling product, they’ll continue to lose readers and advertisers.