The internet is a place you could find anything from news to music, because of it the media industry is suffering, but is it a problem that the government has to solve? The Federal Trade Commission has been told by Google. The most used search engine responded to the FTC’s draft proposal, which was released last month. In the draft proposal The Federal Trade Commission is supporting the media business and journalism. The document is proposing to change the intellectual property laws to protect news entities from big companies.

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission is an independent agency of the United States government formed in 26th September 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Its goal is to promote consumer protection and the elimination of forced monopoly by the big corporations.


Google Inc. is an American Internet company whose stated mission is “to organize” the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful to everyone. Google is based in the city of Mountain View, California. As of July 15, 2010 in Google there are about 21,805 employees. The company has thousands of servers worldwide that handle millions of queries every day and about 1 petabayt user data every hour. The companies was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, while they were students at Stanford University and were trying to devise an efficient algorithm (machine) to search for web pages by keyword.

Who is Pablo Chavez

Pablo Chavez isn’t the Mexican footballer who plays for Necaxa. He is a public policy director who post on the Google Public Policy blog saying that the most used search engine (a.k.a. Google) is “optimistic about the news industry’s future.”, but he also said there are a lot of disagreements about the draft proposal from The Federal Trade Commission. The biggest disagreement is about the “hot news doctrine”. What is the “hot news doctrine”? Well, in it is said that ordinary people can’t report the same facts as the traditional publisher for some time after the news event. What will happen? The news will spread slower than before a lot of news sites will lose readers. Even thou that there is no guarantees that the Federal Trade Commission’s draft proposal will become legislation Pablo Chavez is worried that this will hurt Google News.

History of the “hot news”

It all started in 1918 it a case. Associated Press newswire sued her competitors for republishing their information and causing them financial damage by distributing their rewritings using a telegraph. Associated Press won the case and the “hot news” concept was born.

Pablo Chavez’s worries

Chavez’s worries about the new “hot news” law that they “would not only hurt free expression, but also the very profession of journalism that the proponents of hot news say they support.” In what way will Google be affected? This new law will make it impossible for corporations like Google News to operate in the same way that they do now.