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Rupert Murdoch Urges China To Open Digital Door At World Media Summit In Beijing October 15, 2009

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Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, urged the Chinese Government to take full advantage of the country’s creative potential by opening the door to media competition and ensuring that intellectual property is protected.

Speaking at the World Media Summit in Beijing, Mr Murdoch said that the growth of Chinese media companies would also be hindered by intellectual property violations and that more competition would better prepare them for the rigors of the international market.

“The aggregators and the plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content. But if we do not take advantage of the current movement toward paid-for content, it will be the content creators, the people in this hall, who will pay the ultimate price and the content kleptomaniacs will triumph.”

Mr Murdoch also commented that with China’s emergence as a global power comes a global responsibility and urged China to take the lead in restarting the stalled Doha talks on world trade, noting that “in too many languages, Doha is a four-letter word”.

“Wouldn’t it be an auspicious sign of our times if the contemporary catalysts for freer trade, traditional and digital, were China and India? It would show definitively that the world was no longer run by a rich man’s club.”

Mr Murdoch noted that China must expect more criticism as it takes its place on the world stage as a superpower, but that it should not over-react to such criticism.

A cursory search of the Internet will throw up some rather vigorous and vitriolic criticism of this curious character called Rupert Murdoch.

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