indyank - 2:43 pm on Oct 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
And no matter how much money Google has - it's not nearly enough to buy the internet or to re-create the internet. You can only scrape it.
They know that by partnering a few preferred websites they can answer most questions. One big partner is wikipedia. That would leave them with only a few other sites from whom they would have to scrape and deal with them legally, if the need arises. They would be hoping that like how they got the U.S. courts decide in their favor for having thumbnail images, they could also get them to rule in their favor for scraping the short relevant answers from third party sites.
They are already making statements to the effect that facts can't be copyrighted meaning they have every right to scrape the short answers.These are well thought out and nicely timed statements by google.