BEIJING (AP) -- The message from some of the world's leading news providers at the first Beijing international media summit was clear: It's time to demand payment for online use of content.
After free-falling profits and massive changes in technology and in the way people obtain their news, global media leaders who gathered in Beijing said Friday that it is time for search engines and others who use articles, photos and video without fair compensation to pay up.
"We content creators have been too slow to react to the free exploitation of news by third parties without input or permission," Tom Curley, The Associated Press' chief executive, told a meeting of 300 media leaders in Beijing for a conference on the challenges and opportunities the media face from the Internet, technology changes and the world economic crisis.
He said content aggregators, such as search engines, and Web services such as Wikipedia, YouTube and Facebook are directing audiences and revenue away from the content creators.
"We will no longer tolerate the disconnect between people who devote themselves -- at great human and economic cost -- to gathering news of public interest and those who profit from it without supporting it," Curley said.
Rupert Murdoch also told the opening session of the World Media Summit in Beijing's Great Hall of the People that content providers would be demanding that they be paid.