Always a tough question to answer, why old media have allowed the Young Turks such as Yahoo! and Google to take our news headlines and summaries, package them with ads and personalizable add-ons, and make Wall Street shout while we sing the blues.
An effort emerges to stop the freebies.
The Paris-based World Association of Newspapers has launched a global campaign to oppose the aggregators. It says it is exploring ways to "challenge the exploitation of content by search engines without fair compensation to copyright owners," according to this Reuters article.
"They're building a new medium on the backs of our industry, without paying for any of the content," Ali Rahnema, managing director of the association, told Reuters in an interview.
"The news aggregators are taking headlines, photos, sometimes the first three lines of an article -- it's for the courts to decide whether that's a copyright violation or not."
All eyes are on an upcoming U.S. court case Agence France Presse brought against Google for allegedly carrying its pictures, headlines and stories without permission.
An ally has joined the fight against Google: France. Well, at least it is on the battle field. President Jacques Chirac wants to fund a state-sponsored search engine, but he's more concerned about American dominance. Quel horreur.