TheMadScientist - 9:09 pm on May 21, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheMadScientist at 9:31 pm (utc) on May 21, 2011]
...i suppose they could argue...
I'm sure they've got all their arguments figured out, and whether it's 'play stupid' (street view - they 'didn't know'), 'blame the algo' (suggestions - 'the algo generates those, we can't control it'), 'it's the visitors, not us' (previews - stated on this page: https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq-instant-previews), or some new garbage they spin up about how and why they're right or it's 'technically' okay, the bottom line is: It's still 'not cool', imo. (Preceding quotes paraphrased.)
But what do they really care? We're just a bunch of webmasters supplying them with content they use, revise (titles & snippets) and reuse (archives and previews) to even have a company ... It's not like we pay their bills or anything, right?
I'm sure they don't really use those previews and snippets to generate income, it just looks that way to some of us ... I'm equally sure there's no way those previews could have any negative impact on a site's traffic and therefore negatively impact the value of the copyrighted work they present (presumably) under the guise of the doctrine of fair use either.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 9:31 pm (utc) on May 21, 2011]