They say Google News has actually reduced their site traffic and benefits commercially from material it has refused to pay for.
The 154 publications that make up Brazil’s National Association of Newspapers, known as ANJ by its Portuguese acronym, agreed unanimously to turn their backs on Google News. They cited the principal motive behind the move as the search engine’s refusal to pay for the content that it uses.
“Google News is benefiting commercially from the content it uses and is not prepared to discuss a model of remuneration for this material,” said Carlos Fernando Lindenberg Neto, president of the ANJ. Google argues that it should not have to pay for providing a service that supposedly benefits its clients.
Perhaps folks in Brazil should be reading the latest report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers…