Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Is Google Stealing Copyrighted Content?

That is apparently the claim made by the European Publishers Council. They believe Google steals their content and to make the injustice complete, they believe Google then sells advertising that runs alongside the stolen content and is guilty of grand larceny. And they have launched lawsuits to back their claim.

Funny, however, the publishers should be thanking Google for sending traffic to their content. That’s because all Google does is index Web and Blog pages and enables us to search it out easier than hunting in the haystack for the golden needle. Google does not reveal the copyrighted content, but instead provides links so that those of interested will go to the site and read the article.

If we cannot all see the wisdom of this, no wonder we can’t agree on the best way to fight terrorism or to end poverty.

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