News Corp. honcho Rupert Murdoch wants to put a permanent end to “parasite” Google’s “kleptomania” when it comes to content on his newspapers’ websites. Murdoch says the Wall Street Journal and others will likely be removed from Google’s search registry “when we start charging”—that is, when planned paywalls go up, a process that has been delayed.
“The people who simply just pick up everything and run with it—steal our stories, we say they steal our stories—they just take them,” Murdoch says in a recent interview reported in the Guardian. “That's Google, that's Microsoft, that's Ask.com, a whole lot of people.” Murdoch hopes paywalls and delisting will correct what he admits was a mistake on his company’s part. “They shouldn't have had it free all the time, and I think we've been asleep.”