A new profile of septuagenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch says that the News Corp. chief is ready to press legal action against Google if talks fail with the search giant over indexing content.
In a lengthy article in New York magazine that hit the Web late on Sunday, writer Gabriel Sherman quotes a source high up in the media industry echelon who says Murdoch is “pretty tightly wound up over Google and has been ready to sue them…He doesn’t trust them at all.” The lawsuit, presumably, would come if Google refused to stop indexing News Corp. search results without paying a fee for them.
Google says that, with regard to a potential lawsuit, it does not comment on rumors or speculation.
The article also makes note of the reports that began spreading late last year that Murdoch was in talks with Bing, Microsoft’s fledgling search engine, over a potential exclusive deal wherein News Corp. content would appear in Bing search results but not Google’s or any other search engine. Some reports suggest Microsoft may be willing to help with the removal process.