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News Leaders Tired Of 'Free Ride' In Net Age

THE leaders of two of the world's major news organizations said yesterday that it was time for search engines and others who used news content for free to pay up.

The comments, from The Associated Press' Tom Curley and Rupert Murdoch of News Corp, come as the media industry struggles in the Internet age.

Many news companies contend that sites such as Google have reaped a fortune off their articles, photos and video without fairly compensating the news organizations producing the material.

"We content creators have been too slow to react to the free exploitation of news by third parties without input or permission," Curley, the AP's chief executive, told the opening session of the World Media Summit in Beijing.

Murdoch also said that content providers would be demanding that they be paid.


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