Google to newspapers: Put up or shut up

Is Google stealing our content? That, anyway, seemed to be the suggestion when a European publishing group announced last week that it had garnered a number of supporters for its Hamburg Declaration, which calls for “urgent improvements in the protection of intellectual property on the Internet.”This week, Google had a reply, which basically boils down to: Put up or shut up.In a post written by Josh Cohen, senior business product manager, on the company’s public policy blog Wednesday afternoon, Google said publishers can easily tell search engines to take a hike. All it takes is a two-line piece of code, which he helpfully included in his post. Tuck that on your website, and no search engine will crawl it; the stories won’t show up when people look for content using search engines.

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