TypicalSurfer - 6:08 pm on Aug 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
The "might makes right" theory works until you become the dominant player in a market and abuse that position. Taking the theory and applying it to any other "innovation" shows us that there are indeed consequences to playing that card too heavily. If AT&T were allowed to continue to protect its "innovations" we'd still be using using rotary dial phones.
Most of what I hear in defense of google is "they own the market, play by their rules". That very thing; owning the market, will become problematic for them. I still think Matt Cutts stepped in it when he dictated to a newspaper on how to conduct their business.
Google clearly by its own admission no longer catalogs the web and makes it available to users but is entrenched in transforming the web to their own liking/benefit. I'm surprised that legitimate web marketers and information providers would so easily fall in line with their goals.