NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- News Corp. (NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson called on the European Union and U.S. regulators to crackdown on Google's (GOOG) domination of Internet search and content sharing, calling the company a "platform for piracy."
"They [Google] claim they are clamping down [on piracy]," Thomson said Wednesday at Business Insider's Ignition conference in New York. "They are clearly not."
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Calling Google an "egregious" aggregator of proprietary content, Thomson said Google's domination of search allows the company to dominate digital video and mapping, among other products and services. News Corp publishes the Wall Street Journal along with the Time of London, The Sun and a string of European business newswires.
In a letter sent to the European Commission earlier this week, Thomson said News Corp urged that steps be taken to address the effects of Google holding a more than 90% share of the Internet search market in Europe. Google's share of U.S. search is 68%, according to comScore. The European Commission in September reopened a four-year anti-trust investigation into Google's search and advertising businesses.
Thomson said that Google has been in touch with News Corp to discuss ways to limit the sharing of its content. But he added that such steps were unlikely to go far enough to curtail Google's dominant position on the Internet.
"It's a sensitive issue there, and frankly it should be a sensitive issue here," Thomson said.
The Euoprean Commission is also said to be probing Google ability to force the adaption of its Android mobile operating system. Android's default options encourage users to choose Google services such as search and maps,making it less likely they will choose an alternative operating system. Microsoft (MSFT) and Nokia Oyj have also lodged antitrust complaints about Google's mobile business with the European Union.
News Corp spun out its television and film properties last year to form 21st Century Fox (FOXA) . Rupert Murdoch remains Chairman of both companies.
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--Written by Leon Lazaroff in New York
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