Sunday, October 11, 2009

This little thing called fair use

I'm so tired of hearing these people complain about Google "stealing" their content: Rupert Murdoch Says Google Is Stealing His Content. So Why Doesn't He Stop Them?

"The aggregators and plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content," Murdoch said. "But if we do not take advantage of the current movement toward paid content, it will be the content creators—the people in this hall—who will pay the ultimate price and the content kleptomaniacs who triumph."
Of course, he's just blowing hot air. He can stop them tomorrow. He has two courses of action:
  1. <meta name="robots" content="noindex" />
  2. Take them to court for violating copyright.
He will lose, as we have this little thing called fair use under Section 107 of the U.S Copyright Act. But, if he really believes they are "co-opting" his content he should take them to court. Good luck with that!

He has two things he can do immediately, and he has failed to act. He'd rather pontificate. So what is his real objective? I suspect he wants to litigate this through the media, and they will make another run at our legislators to further erode our fair use rights with more bad laws (e.g. DMCA). They are not to be trusted.
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