Rupert Murdoch's News International corporation has announced it is to block aggregation site NewsNow from indexing its content.

Just last week it was revealed that The Times had blocked NewsNow from accessing content but now the rest of News International's UK portfolio has been blocked to the site. This includes websites like The Sun and The News Of The World.

"NewsNow has been using Times Online content as part of its paid-for, commercial as well as free services," explained NI's statement.

"They have continued to do so despite our direct requests for them to stop. As a result, we have taken the decision to disallow their indexing of our content."

Significant investment

The statement continued: "News International makes a significant investment in journalism and we believe that it is entirely appropriate for us to ask that our rights are respected. NewsNow has acknowledged that they require our permission to use our content and, in the absence of our permission, has ceased to do so."

Despite NewsNow's aggregator being nothing more than a link-out to the newspaper's online content, News International seems to have it in for aggregators.

It all has to do with the company's soon-to-be implemented paid-for content approach which will put a pay-wall around the websites, with access to be limited to subscription only.

Via the Guardian