James Murdoch has attacked plans by the British Library to digitise the national newspaper collection, warning that public bodies should not decide how copyrighted material is exploited for commercial gain.
The chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, also confirmed comments made by Google’s chief executive Eric Schmidt at the search engine’s Zeitgeist conference earlier in the week that the two companies are talking about ways in which the search engine giant might recompense News International for aggregating its news content.
Both issues are increasingly important given News International’s plans to start charging for online access to the Times and Sunday Times next month.
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